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Teens Sentenced After Fatal Attack with Shovel
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John J. McCarthy, State’s Attorney for Montgomery County, announced that Artie Ellis, 16, was sentenced to life in prison, with all but 25 years suspended, for Murder in the First Degree today.  Ellis pleaded guilty in front of Judge Dugan on March 15.  

The victim, Ali Zare, was an adult acquaintance of Ellis’ girlfriend, Emily Geller.  On May 10, 2009, Geller arranged to meet the victim.  She lured him down a path into a wooded area adjacent to Bells Mill Road in Potomac.  Geller and Ellis had plotted to hit the victim with a shovel and rob him.  Unfortunately, after Ellis hit him with the shovel, the victim fell to the ground and struck his head on the pavement.  The head wound proved fatal.  Ellis and Geller stole the victim’s cash, credit card, cell phone and car.  The teenagers then used the victim’s credit card, and witnesses saw her driving his car.  Police arrested Geller and Ellis in October.

The Grand Jury indicted Ellis on Oct. 22, 2009, and Geller on Nov. 12.  Judge Dugan sentenced Geller on the charge of Murder in the First Degree on Oct. 25 at 9 a.m.

  “This was a terribly callous crime,” McCarthy said.  “At any point in the crime, Ellis or Geller could have changed their minds and helped matters.  Instead, they left Mr. Zare to die.”

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