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York City man awaits sentence in I-83 body-dumping case
A York City man has pleaded guilty to burglary charges in relation to a home-invasion robbery in which his friend was fatally shot by the robbery victim and his body dumped in southern York County.
Terrence Lavelle Wintermyers, 33, pleaded guilty Wednesday, June 13, in York County Court to burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary, according to court records.
Presiding Common Pleas Judge Harry M. Ness ordered a pre-sentence investigation to help him determine punishment. He set Wintermyers' sentencing for July 30, court records state.
It was an open plea, according to Kyle King, spokesman for the York County District Attorney's Office. That means there was no agreed-upon sentence and that it's up to the judge to decide.
Wintermyers drove would-be robber Shannon Martin to a York City home knowing Martin intended to rob the people there, state police have said.
Wintermyers then acted as lookout for Martin, according to police.
After Martin's death, his family told police that Wintermyers feigned "excessive and premature" concern, adding he called local hospitals and prisons pretending to search for Martin, court documents state.
Martin, 36, of York City, was fatally shot after breaking into a home in the first block of East Cottage Place and trying to rob Kevin "Blocks" Brightful and Luis Felix Quinones.
Home invasion: Court documents indicate Martin was armed with a .40-caliber handgun when he committed the home invasion on Aug. 11, 2016.
Martin believed Brightful had cash and marijuana, documents state.
During the home invasion, Martin scuffled with Quinones and fired one shot, documents state. Brightful then fatally shot him, the York County District Attorney's Office has said.
Brightful and Quinones put Martin's body in a trash can, drove it to a wooded area off Seaks Run Road along Interstate 83 in Springfield Township and dumped it there, state police have said.
Someone driving on Interstate 83 spotted the body the morning of Aug. 12, 2016, and called 911, police said.
Confessed: Brightful, 29, of York City, confessed to police five days later, after state troopers tracked him down.
In April 2018, he was sentenced to four to eight years in state prison after pleading guilty to being a convicted felon in illegal possession of a firearm, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.
Prosecutors have said murder charges against Brightful were dropped because he was justified in shooting Martin.
In July 2017, Quinones was convicted of abuse of a corpse, carrying a firearm without a license, conspiracy to commit abuse of a corpse, heroin possession with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Quinones was sentenced to 5 to 10 years in prison.
— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at email@example.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.