Man pleads guilty to triple murder charges

By: Dee DeQuattro


Twitter: @deedequattro

A man involved in a triple homicide in the summer of 2012 has pleaded guilty to murder charges.

28-year-old Timothy Debritto pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree murder for his role in the shooting deaths of Shameeka Barrows, Damien Colon, and Michael Martin.

DeBritto was sentenced to 40 years to serve for the murders plus an additional 20 years suspended for the weapons charges and an additional 10 years concurrent sentence for the for the charge of conspiracy.

“While Timothy DeBritto may not have pointed and shot the 9 millimeter Glock at Shameeka Barrows, Damien Colon, and Michael Martin, he is just as responsible for their deaths,” said Attorney General Kilmartin. “Providing a gun to someone who you knowingly intends to commit a crime makes you as culpable as if you fired the weapon yourself.”

Prosecutors said that DeBritto met with Russell Burrell, Quandell Husband, and Donovan Hall at the apartment of the mother of his four children, Sylvia Morehead, to discuss plans to rob Michael Martin for marijuana and money.

On July 30, 2012 around 10 p.m. Burrell, Husband, and Hall walked to the apartment of Michael Martin. When Martin opened the door the three rushed him and colon who they did not know was present. At some point Burrell fired the weapon killing both Martin and Colon. At this point Barros awoke from a nap on the couch and Burrell shot at her as well.

The rounds fired were from the same gun used by DeBritto in an earlier crime when he shot romantic rival Gary Ellerbe. DeBritto was sentenced to 50 years behind bars for that crime but the sentence was reduced to thirty years and will run concurrently with the new sentence.

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