15-year-old pleads guilty in the murders of teen brothers, another man
"Our client at 15 years old did not have the sophistication to pull this off and was certainly in a bad situation, and this will hopefully allow him to move on with his life," said defense attorney Ryan Vantrease,
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Anjuan Carter, one of the teens charged in the murder of teenage brothers Larry Ordway and Maurice Gordon as well as another man, pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts of facilitation to murder and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Under the plea, Carter, who also pleaded guilty to tampering with physical evidence, will have to testify against three co-defendants. Carter, 15, will remain in juvenile detention until he is 18, when he will be sentenced again. At that time, he could get supervised probation.
"Our client at 15 years old did not have the sophistication to pull this off and was certainly in a bad situation, and this will hopefully allow him to move on with his life," said defense attorney Ryan Vantrease, who represents Carter.
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Elizabeth Jones Brown said Carter's plea deal assures prosecutors that jurors will hear from someone who witnessed the events.
She also said, given his age, his role was "certainly much more minimal."
Carter admitted to helping Brice Rhodes and others stab teen brothers Larry Ordway and Maurice Gordon on May 22 and then cleaned up the scene. He was also in a vehicle with Rhodes on May 4 when Rhodes "mistook" Christopher Jones for a man who had "a price on his head," according to the plea sheets.
Rhodes shot and killed Jones, according to the court records.
In an interview with police, Carter said that after a brief scuffle on May 22, Brice Rhodes tied up Ordway and Gordon, put Ordway in a bathroom and then made Gordon get on his knees and "beg for forgiveness," .
"Maurice was crying and stuff and he was asking everybody to spare him," Carter told Det. Jon Lesher on May 24, according to a video of the interview.
Rhodes, according to Carter, then put a stocking over Gordon’’s head, gagged him and stabbed him in the chest several times.
Then, Carter said, he, Rhodes and Jacorey Lamont Taylor, a third defendant in the murder of the brothers, moved Maurice’s body aside and brought Ordway back into the living room.
A fourth man has just been charged in the case. Tieren Coleman, 19, has been charged with two counts of murder, two counts of complicity to abuse of a corpse and one count of complicity to tampering with physical evidence.
Coleman is currently being held in Louisville Metro Corrections.
Both Rhodes and Taylor have denied having involvement with the murders.
The teen brothers were killed because they had witnessed the murder of Jones, 40, Carter said.
Rhodes shot Jones on May 4 on South 41st Street, according to Carter. He told police he was in the passenger seat, Gordon was the “getaway driver” and Rhodes and Ordway were in the back seat when the shooting occurred.
Jones died at the hospital.
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