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Another plea in principal case

By Dan Morse

Sharif Lancaster, arrested in connection with the murder of Washington principal Brian Betts, has agreed to plead guilty to lesser charges of robbery and use of a handgun during a felony, according to Montgomery County Circuit Court records filed today.

A hearing is set for 3 p.m. Thursday, according to court records.

The plea agreement sets sentencing guidelines of 20 to 35 years, according to court records.

Lancaster was originally charged with first-degree murder an other charges. Police have said they found his fingerprints inside Betts's house.

Last week, another defendant in the case, Alante Saunders, pleaded guilty to murder. He admitted to shooting Betts, but his attorney said that it was an accident during a robbery.

By Dan Morse  | November 17, 2010; 5:30 PM ET
Categories:  Dan Morse, Montgomery  
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I dont feel one bit of remorse for these young men. I Feel sorry for the Betts family. If only he was a little more street smart he would still be here. Those thugs could'nt have worked a set like that on a seasoned SE vet they are to stupid and more than likely learning impaired. A DC queen would have worked them untold. Thats why they took that journey out there cause in DC the Fags are to viscous. Im not supporting violence, Im telling my sisters that the thugs are really dumb and can most times be outwhitted. Use your street smarts and Dont be out played by a fool.

Posted by: Shadefest | November 17, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Good. Put dangerous folks behind bars. Killing is an epidemic in this country.

Posted by: darrren12000 | November 17, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Way too much time. He didn't carry a gun. He didn't deceive the victim into trusting him. He didn't enter the house first. He didn't shoot the victim.

Three years tops.

Posted by: blasmaic | November 17, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I'm disgusted by the fact that this story was pushed to the back pages of the paper after it became clear that Mr. Betts was gay and was the victim of a pick up murder involving young men. So his life is less meaningful now that the sheen is off this great principal? Who says the Post isn't homophobic?

Posted by: PepperDr | November 17, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Sorry. Take away all the plea deals. You shoot and kill a man and all you have to do is agree to say you did it and get a lesser sentence? That's a hoot!!! This is not a game. Plea deals are only for those attorney's who don't want to put the long hours in and actually convict these people. Is the reason I pay taxes is so the courts can just let these people off with a lesser sentence? No!!!! They did the crime, let them do the maximum time.

Posted by: john1068 | November 17, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

he should have to plea to a lessor of a homicide charge...not just a a robbery. he was involved in the whole thing....who cares that he didn't have a gun. and at the very least it should be an armed robbery...not just robbery. USAO is taking it too easy on these kids. thankfully, they'll be asking 20 - 35 years.

also, if he wants to plea, he better have to testify against the other defendant that hasn't pled guilty.

Posted by: dcresident12 | November 17, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

A little quick to plea - murder should be the charge.

We have too many worthless prosecutors that will do anything for a plea bargin.

This was robbery and murder clean and simple. Why the lesser charge. How does this serve the citiezens of Montgomery county.

I don't see it.

Posted by: Jaymand | November 17, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

With fingerprints inside the house, WHY ARE THEY DROPPING FIRST DEGREE MURDER CHARGES? What good is MoCo prosecutors? These thugs will be out in 10 years, you know it. This is ridiculous! What about ensuring the public's safety? These prosecutors need to be FIRED.

Posted by: B-rod | November 18, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

The moral of the story is to stay as far away as possible from urban black teenage males.

Posted by: kenk33 | November 18, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

A guilty plea? When Sharif Lancaster was arrested, his father claimed all the charges were "fictitious."

Posted by: lipschitzantwon | November 18, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Death penlaty

Posted by: 10bestfan | November 18, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

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