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 Cory Usher, 37, was convicted after entering an Alford plea Monday in the slaying last year of Steven O’Brien, 26.

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.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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