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Elkridge Man to Serve 25 Years for Participation in Marijuana Deal Murder

Annapolis, Md. – Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess announced today that Alkein Coates, 24, of Elkridge was sentenced to 60 years suspend all but 25 years in prison for the death of Richard Ramsay, III. Coates entered an Alford Plea on September 16, 2022 to one count of second degree murder and one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

“Although the defendant didn’t pull the trigger and kill Mr. Coates, he set up the marijuana deal and his participation in the robbery made him as culpable as his associate,” said State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess. “It’s my hope that the sentence will provide the loved ones of Mr. Ramsay with some justice as they continue to heal. Our office holds individuals accountable whether they fired the weapon or are accomplices in a violent gun crime.”

Glen Neubauer and Josh Adrian prosecuted this case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.

On February 22, 2020, Anne Arundel County police officers responded to the 200 block of Poplar Avenue in Glen Burnie for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers discovered two victims suffering from gunshot wounds. The first victim, later identified as Richard Ramsay, was suffering from a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The second victim was transported to the hospital where he was treated and released. The Office of the Medical Examiner ruled Mr. Ramsay’s death a homicide.

During the investigation, Anne Arundel County police detectives learned that three male suspects entered the victim’s garage to conduct a marijuana sale. Witnesses advised that the males drove into the area in a dark sedan. Video surveillance revealed the vehicle was a green Toyota Solara. Once inside the garage, one of the suspects brandished a gun and shot and killed Mr. Ramsay. Another witness was shot but sustained non-life threatening injuries.

On February 27, 2020, investigators located the defendant and executed a search and seizure warrant. They found evidence linking him to the crime scene through clothing and other property and then later, through DNA evidence that linked him to the Toyota Solara.

The Honorable Mark Crooks presided over the case.
Topics: States Attorney
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