ST. GEORGE -- One of two teenagers who killed a pizza delivery man last year will be sentenced tomorrow morning in St. George after he pleaded guilty to murder today.
Stephawn Brown, 19, who shot 20-year-old Maraleius Birdsong in the head outside the Appian Way Apartments in North Charleston, was on trial for the Domino’s Pizza delivery man’s murder this week in Dorchester County General Sessions Court.
Brown pleaded guilty to murder and armed robbery, ending the trial that began on Tuesday. His co-defendant, 18-year-old Jontae Davis, had pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and armed robbery the day the trial started. Davis said he helped plan the armed robbery.
Davis accepted a plea deal that sentenced him to prison for 20 years. In exchange, he testified on Tuesday against Brown and pointed to him as the triggerman in the murder.
Brown’s sentencing is scheduled for Friday at 10 a.m. Brown faces a likely sentence between 45 and 50 years, according to statements made in court. Brown faced the possibility of life in prison, if a jury would have convicted him.
On March 9, Brown shot Birdsong in the head after robbing him in the parking lot of the apartment complex.
Birdsong’s family, prosecutors, and defense attorneys did not want to comment on Brown’s plea or the case until after his sentencing tomorrow.
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