A Washington teen faces up to 16 years in prison after pleading guilty to the beating death of 88-year-old World War II veteran Delbert Belton.
According to reports, Demetrius Glenn was just 16 years old when he and another 16-year-old friend targeted Delbert Belton as he waited outside of a pool hall in 2013. The two teens reportedly tackled Belton, beat him, and robbed him before leaving him there to die. Not long after being brought to the hospital, the 88-year-old World War II veteran died of his injuries.
The second suspect, Kenan Adams-Kinard, pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. At first, Adams-Kinard tried to flea from police, but they eventually caught up with him and he confessed to killing Belton. Adams-Kinard claimed that they killed the 88-year-old war veteran because of a drug deal gone bad; the teen tried to say that they were buying crack cocaine from Belton, but police determined that was a lie.
The case got more complicated after the Aryan Brotherhood, a white supremacist group, put a bounty of $10,000 on the two teens’ heads. After word of this got out, authorities reportedly placed Adams-Kinard in an adult jail.
(Left: Delbert Belton, Right: Demetrius Glenn)
Family and friends of Belton described him as caring man who was always there when needed, and his nephew described the killing in court last month as “exceptionally cruel.”
Now that he has pleaded guilty, Demetrius Glenn is expected to be sentenced next week.