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Posted at 2:02 PM ET, 09/29/2010

Md. teen pleads guilty in salesman's death

By Washington Post editors

A 16-year-old Potomac resident faces 25 years in prison after pleading guilty in the 2009 death of a 57-year-old car salesman.

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Dugan sentenced Artie Ellis to life in prison on Wednesday, with all but 25 years of the sentence suspended. Ellis pleaded guilty to murder in March.

Prosecutors say Ellis and another Potomac teen, Emily Geller, met car salesman Ali Zare when he offered her a ride and that she had sex with him in her basement for $60 several days before he was killed. They say Geller used sex to lure Zare down a darkened path near Bells Mill Elementary School in Potomac where Ellis hit him in the head with a shovel.

Attorneys for Ellis and Geller say neither intended to kill Zare. Geller will be sentenced in late October.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | September 29, 2010; 2:02 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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Hmmm, lured him down a dark path and hit him in the head with a shovel, but didn't intend to kill him? Just what did they think would happen?

People who are both violent and stupid are the MOST dangerous to society. I hope the court takes this into account at sentencing time.

Posted by: Lila1 | September 29, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

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