Murder USA: it takes a fumbling prosecutor to leave criminals free to kill – Shante Gladden & Earl Bennette charged with murder of drug dealer

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 Earl Bennette and Shante Gladden charged with murder Montgomery Co Md 102415

Two charged in drug dispute between dealers that ended in murder

Ex-con Shante Gladden convicted of armed robbery but got off of murder rap in plea deal with Montgomery prosecutor in 2012

SILVER SPRING, MD. — Two men have been arrested and charged with the killing of a man that police reveal was a drug deal gone bad – bad all the way to the morgue.

Garrett McClees obituary photo

Garrett McClees obituary photo

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department- Major Crimes Division have arrested two suspects for the October 8 homicide of 22-year-old Garrett Alexander McClees, of 812 Cannon Road in Silver Spring, Md.,  that occurred in the Edgewood Neighborhood Park (located 13900 Robey Road).  Police say that Earl Junius Bennette, 24, of an unconfirmed address, and Shante Gladden, 22, of 3509 Sheffield Manor Terrace in Silver Spring, Md., were arrested on Oct. 25, 2015, and have been charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery.

On October 8 at approximately 4:43 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (9-1-1) received multiple calls for shooting and the sound of shots fired in the Edgewood Neighborhood Park located at 13900 Robey Road in the Briggs Chaney area. Montgomery County police officers and Maryland-National Capital Park (Montgomery County Division) police officers and Fire-Rescue personnel responded to the park and located McClees, suffering from a gunshot wound; he succumbed to his injuries at the scene.  McClees’ backpack had been stolen.  The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore determined the manner of death to be homicide and the cause of mortality to be a gunshot wound to the torso.

McClees had been convicted of drug distribution on May 8, 2014 and apparently failed to learn at the time that were consquences for being involved such a deadly business. His sentence in Montgomery County District Court was simply a 60 stretch in jail anda fine of $1,000 with $500 of that fine suspended.  All of the jail time was suspended. McClees was represented by a taxpayer-provided attorney, Thomas Witkp of Rockville. 

During the investigation, detectives received multiple tips that assisted in the identification of the two suspects (Gladden and Bennette).  Investigation has revealed that the suspects and victim knew each other and that Bennette’s cell phone had been in contact with McClees’ cell phone on the day of, before, the homicide.  Detectives believe that this homicide may be drug-related due to information received from the investigation and drug evidence located at the homicide location.

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On October 22, detectives obtained arrest warrants for Gladden and Bennette. On October 23, both suspects were arrested.  Gladden was detained in Washington, D.C., with the assistance of the United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force; he remains in D.C. awaiting extradition to Montgomery County.  Bennette was arrested by Montgomery County police officers in Silver Spring and was transported to the Montgomery County Central Processing Unit.

Also on October 23, as part of this investigation, Montgomery County Police officers, with the assistance of the Metropolitan Police Department and the United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force, executed search warrants in Washington, D.C., and Maryland.

With Montgomery County Circuit Court Judges being notorious for lenient sentences for violent criminals, Gladden might be glad to know he will once again appear before one of the many liberal Judges in Rockville.

Indicted by a Montgomery County Grand Jury on Dec. 10, 2010, for second-degree murder, assault and robbery, the taxpayer provided attorney for Gladden attempted to have the serious criminal charges moved to Juvenile Court. Circuit Court Judge Thomas L. Craven denied the motion on Feb. 18, 2011.

In a plea deal between his attorney and Montgomery County States Attorney John J. McCarthy (D.) in a hearing with Circuit Court Judge Joseph A. Dugan Jr., Gladen enter a guilty plea on March 31, 2011, to assault in the first degree, robbery and resisting arrest. The States Attorney dropped the murder charge as part of the deal.

The sentence for Gladden was ten years in prison. As in just about all major criminal cases for violent crimes in Maryland, the sentence was immediately reduced by suspending all but 18 months to be served in the local country club jail of Montgomery County instead of going to live with the real bad guys in the Maryland prison system.  Being put on five years probation didn’t work out to be much a deterrent to Gladden to not commit any more crimes. In spite of being a violent offender, Gladden was out on the streets where he could eventually murder another black man, also a drug dealer, during a drug deal.

Montgomery County States Attorney John J. McCarthy

Montgomery County States Attorney John J. McCarthy

When States Attorney McCarthy had the chance to put Gladden back in prison for violating his probation, the prosecutor instead dropped first-degree assault charges on March 15, 2013. At that time, Gladden had been residing at 14120 Angleton Terrace in Burtonsville, Md., according to court records. Gladden had been arrested on Feb. 19, 2013, by Montgomery County Police Officer B. McCloud. The taxpayer provided attorney was involved in this plea deal.

McClees won’t have to worry abut his charges on April 8, 2015 of resisting arrest and possession of pot. Those charged were dropped due to his murder.

Bennette was listed with an address on court records of 2414 Harriet Drive in Baltimore, Md.,  on Sept. 23, 2015 in a paternity action brought by the State of Maryland. He has a preliminary hearing set for Dec. 22, 2015 before Judge Susan Polis. While Maryland has little hope of ever receiving any child support from the Rooster Bennette, should his paternity be proven; perhaps he can be assigned to the license plate shop in the state prison where he might get a commission.

Bennette’s most recent round with the Montgomery County States Attorney and Maryland Criminal Sentencing guidelines found him making chumps out of the legal system once again.

On indictments in the Circuit Court of Montgomery County of burglary in the first-degree and two counts of theft, he was able to cut a deal with the Montgomery County States Attorney McCarthy. One of the theft charges and the burglary rap were dumped by the prosecutor in the plea deal and Bennette entered a guilty plea to theft under $1,000 on Jan. 21, 2015.

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge J. Bair approved the deal between Bennette’s lawyer and McCarthy and sentenced the now accused murderer to 18 months in the Montgomery County Detention Center/Country Club with credit for 212 days of time served in the slammer while he was pending trial. The deal came with 5 years of supervised probation. At the same time, Bennette was convicted of violation of his previous probation but they were apparently having a special in Montgomery County Circuit Court and gave Bennette a bonus round of more probation to run at the same time as the other.

If anyone has seen the White Rabbit in Rockville, tell him that Judge Bair wants to see him.

Not only is Bennette an alleged drug dealer and burglar, as well as a killer but this dirtbag was also charged with being a Peeping Tom on May 28, 2014. McCarthy dropped this charge too, on Aug. 14, 2014. Those public defenders in Montgomery County must scare the bejeevers out of McCarthy.

Bennette has racked up a dozen other criminal charges since 2009 for robbery, assault, theft, property destruction and being an all-around dirtbag, with much the same outcomes as stated above.

The voters of Montgomery County elect the States Attorney and Circuit Court Judges.

H. L. Mencken said it well one hundred years ago: “The common man knows what he wants and he deserves to get it good and hard.”

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