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Hagerstown, Md., man guilty of 2013 murder

Tuesday - 4/1/2014, 1:18pm  ET

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- Washington County prosecutors say they will seek a 50-year prison sentence for a Hagerstown man convicted of second-degree felony murder.

The Herald-Mail ( ) reports that 37-year-old Cory Usher was convicted after entering an Alford plea Monday in the slaying last year of 26-year-old Steven O'Brien.

In an Alford plea, a defendant doesn't admit guilt but acknowledges the state has enough evidence for a conviction.

Usher was similarly convicted of using a handgun in a crime of violence.

In return for his pleas, prosecutors dropped charges including first-degree murder and armed robbery.

Sentencing hasn't been scheduled.

Police say Usher shot O'Brien in the victim's apartment.

Two other defendants, including a 16-year-old boy, have acknowledged their roles in the incident.


Information from: The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md.,

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