- Associated Press - Monday, January 27, 2014

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - A D.C. man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a teenager in Hagerstown.

Twenty-seven-year-old Antonio Gardner entered the plea Monday in Washington County Circuit Court, a day before his trial was set to begin.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reports (https://bit.ly/1e3uIBB) that Antonio Gardner and his brother, Matthew Gardner, had been charged in the stabbing of 17-year-old Shakur Thornton during a fight on March 29.

Prosecutors say two groups of people got into an altercation near a liquor store. Authorities say Thornton ran away, but the Gardner brothers chased him.

Prosecutors say Antonio Gardner stabbed Thornton with a pocket knife.

Matthew Gardner pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in October.

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Information from: The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., https://www.herald-mail.com

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