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Potomac Teen Pleads Guilty in the Death of a Salesman
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(AP)- A 16-year-old Potomac resident faces 25 years in prison after pleading guilty in the 2009 death of a 57-year-old car salesman.

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Dugan sentenced Artie Ellis to life in prison on Wednesday, with all but 25 years of the sentence suspended. Ellis pleaded guilty to murder in March.

Prosecutors say Ellis and another Potomac teen, Emily Geller, met car salesman Ali Zare when he offered her a ride and that she had sex with him in her basement for $60 several days before he was killed. They say Geller used sex to lure Zare down a darkened path near Bells Mill Elementary School in Potomac where Ellis hit him in the head with a shovel.

Attorneys for Ellis and Geller say neither intended to kill Zare. Geller will be sentenced in late October.

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