Prince George’s County States Attorney Glenn Ivey announced that Anthony A. Milton II, one of the suspects in the murder of Maryland State Trooper First Class Wesley Brown, was indicted by a grand jury on five counts for his alleged involvement in the shooting.

Milton, 28, of Seat Pleasant, Md., is charged with first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, using a handgun during commission of a crime of violence, being a felon in possession of a regulated firearm and wearing, carrying and transporting a handgun. According to Ivey, he is believed to be the accomplice and not the shooter.

“Under the law you can be held accountable even if you don’t actually pull the trigger,” Ivey said. “If you are part of the team that commits the crime you can be held accountable for the violent result. This is an accomplice liability charge in respect to Mr. Milton. Even though he wasn’t the shooter, under the indictment, it alleges that he was a key player.”

In the early morning hours of June 11, Brown was shot while working as a security guard at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar on the 3400 block of Donnell Drive in Forestville, Md.

According to the police report, Milton told police he and co-defendant, Cyril Williams, 27, also of Seat Pleasant, carried out the shooting. Authorities believe it was Williams who actually shot Brown.

Ivey says this incident reinforces the courage police officers must have and how they should be applauded for their commitment.

“In Prince George’s County, we have a lot of officers who work when they’re not on duty. They work in restaurants around the community and they also live in the community,” he said. “I think this is a reminder of the risks that come with that and the appreciation that they deserve from all of us in the community for helping to keep us safe.”

If convicted, Milton faces life in prison.


George Barnette

Special to the AFRO