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Second teenager sentenced to 16 years for role in veteran’s death

The second teenager accused of killing World War II veteran Delbert “Shorty” Belton in the summer of 2013 received a 16-year prison sentence that draws to a close a case that sparked community outrage and garnered national attention. Demetruis Glenn, 17, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder earlier this month.

Shawn Vestal: Wife’s words threaten public’s confidence in prosecutor

Should the views of a public official’s spouse matter to the citizens that official was elected to serve? This is the basic question raised by the case of Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell and wife Lesley’s prolific online commentary. But it is no longer the important one.

Second defendant pleads guilty to murder in beating of WWII veteran

Demetruis Glenn, the second of two teenagers accused of beating World War II veteran Delbert “Shorty” Belton to death in 2013, pleaded guilty to murder Monday morning, just hours before his trial was set to start. Prosecutors will recommend Glenn be imprisoned for 16 years.

Adams-Kinard gets 20 years in death of WWII veteran

The families of a victim and his killer displayed grief, forgiveness and redemption Thursday as a Spokane judge sent 17-year-old Kenan Adams-Kinard to prison for 20 years in the beating death of World War II veteran Delbert “Shorty” Belton. The 2013 murder garnered national media attention as much for Belton’s status as a war veteran as for the racial overtones: The two teens suspected of attacking and robbing him as he sat in his parked car outside the Eagles Lodge in north Spokane are black; Belton, who later died from the beating, is white. Demetruis Glenn, the other teen accused in Belton’s death, is scheduled to stand trial in March.

Teenager pleads guilty in Delbert Belton murder

Appearing stoic and answering a judge's questions with a monotone "Yes, sir," Kenan Adams-Kinard, 17, changed his plea to guilty today in the 2013 murder of World War II veteran Delbert "Shorty" Belton.

Plea expected today in WWII veteran’s beating death

The news that murder suspect Kenan Adams-Kinard planned to plead guilty came as a relief to Bobbie Belton, the daughter-in-law of slain World War II veteran Delbert Belton. Adams-Kinard is expected to enter his plea this afternoon in exchange for having other charges against him dropped, court officials said Monday. He and Demetruis Glenn, both 17, are accused of beating Belton in his car on Aug. 21, 2013, leaving the veteran to die of his injuries the next day.

Case evidence in death of WWII veteran offers no new insight on motive

Digital files released this month in the case of two teens accused of beating to death an 88-year-old World War II veteran in Spokane last summer offer a compelling look into the lives of the suspects and an angry community. What they don’t show is new insight into why the violent death occurred.

Trial in WWII vet’s death nears, but mix-ups delay release of records

Errors in compiling and redacting more than a thousand pages and digital files of investigative material may keep the public from viewing records in the beating death of a World War II veteran until after a trial begins. Teenagers Kenan Adams-Kinard and Demetruis Glenn have been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Delbert Belton, 88, who was found battered in his vehicle in August.

Aryan Brotherhood may target teen suspects, police say

Two Spokane teenagers accused of killing a World War II veteran during a parking lot robbery may have been targeted by the Aryan Brotherhood, a California-based white supremacist prison gang. Court documents indicate Spokane police learned the supremacist group placed a $10,000 bounty on the teens, both of whom are black. The details are part of a court filing explaining why a judge moved Kenan Adams-Kinard, 16, to protective adult custody rather than returning him to juvenile detention before he and Demetruis Glenn, also 16, were formally charged in Spokane County Superior Court.

Police: Aryan Brotherhood placed bounty on heads of WWII vet murder suspects

The two Spokane teenagers accused of killing a WWII veteran during a parking lot robbery reportedly are being targeted by the Aryan Brotherhood, a white supremacist prison gang. Court documents indicate Spokane police learned the supremacist group may have placed a $10,000 bounty on the teens, both of whom are black.