Man Guilty in Slaying of Woman Who Threatened to Expose Him

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
December 19, 2016 Updated: December 19, 2016

HAGERSTOWN, Md.—A western Maryland man has pleaded guilty to killing a woman who police say had threatened to turn him in for two armed robberies.

Twenty-seven-year-old Anthony Minnick pleaded guilty Monday in Hagerstown to first-degree murder in the May shooting of 55-year-old Sonya Smith at her home near Smithsburg. He faces a possible life sentence. No sentencing date was set.

This June 1, 2016 photo provided by Washington County, Md., Sheriff's Office shows Anthony Minnick. (Washington County Sheriff's Office via AP)
Anthony Minnick. (Washington County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

State police say Smith lived with an acquaintance of Minnick. Investigators say she recognized Minnick in store surveillance images circulated by police after he robbed a gas station and a dollar store.

Investigators say Smith told Minnick she planned to report him, and he shot her during an ensuing argument.

Minnick also pleaded guilty to theft and robbery charges involving money taken from the stores and items taken from Smith’s home.