DC Murder Suspect Pleads Guilty to Maryland Murder Charge

Corey Yates pleaded guilty to first-degree murder yesterday in the Dec. 2010 shooting death of Doodley Derose, a 19-year-old Glenmont man, The Gazette reports.

While the Derose case is in Maryland court, Yates, 22, is also pending trial in DC. He’s charged in the Sept. 2010 shooting death of Darrel Hendy.

The Gazette reports that in the Maryland case Yates,

faces a maximum life sentence, but prosecutor Donna Fenton said the state may consider asking the judge to impose a lesser sentence if Yates cooperates.

“The defendant has given information to the state that the state will further be investigating and [we] may make further recommendations to the court upon sentencing,” she told Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Eric M. Johnson at Yates’ plea hearing.

Alan Drew, Yates’ defense attorney, will ask Johnson to limit Yates’ sentence to no more than 20 years.

The DC trial is scheduled for Feb. 21.

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