OSWEGO, NY – The youngest of three teenagers accused of killing a Granby man pleaded guilty on Monday (Aug. 11) to one count of felony murder.
In satisfaction of the eight charges against him, Glenwood Carr Jr.,17, entered a guilty plea in Oswego County Court to one count of PL§125.25(3) murder in the second degree, a class A-1 felony.
Carr Jr. appeared before Judge Donald Todd Monday morning with his attorney Timothy Kirwan to admit his guilt and take responsibility for his part in Anthony Miller’s death on Feb. 3.
Court officials said the judge promised Carr Jr. a sentence of no worse than 17-and-a-half years to life in prison.
Todd also ordered a pre-sentencing investigation and once those results come back it was noted that the judge may reduce Carr Jr.’s minimum sentence to as low as 15 years to life.
Assistant District Attorney Matthew Bell said, “We’re pleased that he has pleaded guilty and taken responsibility for this crime. We’ll have to wait and see, review the pre-sentencing investigation ourselves to decide, if we want to take a position more toward a minimum sentence of 17-and-a-half or 15 years, but that decision is ultimately up to the judge.”
As a condition of his sentence promise, the teenager has also agreed to testify completely and truthfully if the case against Michael Celi goes to trial.
In his statement to investigators the night he was arrested, Carr Jr. said that he and Zachary Scott went to the victim’s home with Celi and that Celi was armed with a kitchen knife.
Carr Jr. said Celi entered first and when he and Zachary Scott went inside they saw Celi standing over a man in the hallway.
Carr Jr. and Scott each said they then stole marijuana, a carton of cigarettes and “smoking bongs,” then fled the scene.
Carr Jr. told investigators that he learned the next day that Miller was dead and questioned Celi about what happened.
“He thought (Miller) might die because he was bleeding all over,” Carr Jr. told police. “Celi told (me) he hit Anthony with a hammer and Anthony tried to grab his knife. … During the struggle for the knife he stabbed Miller.”
Monday’s guilty plea to one count of felony murder satisfies the six-count indictment and the following eight charges Carr Jr. was facing:
- 1st Count – PL§140.25(2) burglary in the 2nd degree, and PL§125.25(3) murder in the 2nd degree, a class A-1 felony;
- 2nd Count – PL§160.05 robbery in the 1st degree, a class B felony, and PL§125.25(3) murder in the 2nd degree, a class A-1 felony;
- 3rd Count – PL§140.30(3) burglary in the 1st degree, a class B felony;
- 4th Count – PL§140.30(2) burglary in the 1st degree, a class B felony;
- 5th Count – PL§160.15(3) robbery in the 1st degree, a class B felony; and
- 6th Count – PL§160.15(1) robbery in the 1st degree, a class B felony.
Scott pleaded guilty Aug. 1 to one count of first degree burglary, a class B violent felony, conditioned upon a sentence of 19-and-a-half years in prison, along with 5 years parole in full satisfaction of the charges against him.
At one point during the morning’s proceedings before he entered his guilty plea. Carr Jr. was given the opportunity to speak with members of his family through the use of his attorney’s cell phone.
Carr Jr.’s father, Glenwood Carr Sr., is currently serving time in Gowanda Correctional Facility for vehicular manslaughter.
In previous appearances by each of the teens, the only friends or family members present in the courtroom gallery have been Scott’s.
The judge decided after Scott’s Huntley hearing at the end of July that the statements he made to investigators the morning he was arrested were admissible if the case went to trial.
Carr Jr.’s Huntley hearing was scheduled for Monday afternoon, but the teen accepted responsibility for the crime before the hearing even began.
With respect to the admissibility of statements Carr Jr. made to investigators, Bell noted that in court, Carr Jr.’s statement would not be relevant in any potential trial against Celi.
However, with Monday’s plea Carr Jr. agreed to testify completely and truthfully per the contents of his statement.
Further, if Celi’s case goes to trial and Carr Jr. testifies, the judge could use Carr Jr.’s statement to investigators when he was arrested to determine if the teenager testified truthfully.
When a person accepts the condition to testify truthfully and then lies or deviates from that promise, the judge can then retract his sentence promise.
When they pleaded guilty Carr Jr. and Scott not only admitted their guilt, but also waived their right to a trial and any appeal.
Meanwhile, Celi was in court Aug. 8 for the conclusion of a Huntley/Dunaway hearing to determine whether statements he made to police will be suppressed and whether his Fourth Amendment rights were violated.
As of Monday the district attorney’s office had not received notice that the judge has made his decision in those matters.
Both Carr Jr. and Scott are scheduled to reappear for sentencing in November.