ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WMAR) -
A Howard County murder trial was cut short this morning when the defendant pleaded guilty to the 2008 murder of Bryan Adams, Jr.
As the trial was about to head into the sixth day, prosecutors and the defense attorney announced that a plea agreement with Antajuan Lawntee Wilson had been reached over the weekend.
Wilson, 23, pleaded guilty to one count of first degree murder and one count of use of a handgun in the commission of a felony or violent crime. At the conclusion of the plea hearing Judge Tucker sentenced Wilson to life in prison with all but 70-years suspended.
Judge Tucker also ordered Wilson to serve 5-years of probation plus additional conditions upon Wilson's eventual parole.
Adams was shot as he and two friends walked along a sidewalk at the Wilde Lake Village Center the morning of April 9, 2008. They were returning from the-then Crown gas station with a gasoline canister to refuel Adams' car that was disabled on nearby Green Mountain Circle.
The three were accosted by Wilson whom they encountered earlier at the gas station where harsh words were exchanged.
This was the second time Wilson has been tried for the murder of Bryan Adams. In December 2008, a jury convicted Wilson, but in the fall of 2011, the Maryland Court of Appeals overturned the conviction and ordered a new trial based on an erroneous jury instruction.