Kevin G. Johns, who already was serving time for first-degree murder, pleaded guilty Monday to killing his 16-year-old cellmate while the two were housed together at the Maryland Correctional Training Center south of Hagerstown on Jan. 23, 2004.
Johns, 22, who was sentenced in Baltimore City Circuit Court in March 2003 to serve 35 years for a first-degree murder conviction, pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court Monday to premeditated first-degree murder for the Jan. 23 strangling death of his 16-year-old cellmate, Armad Cloude.
Cloude was sentenced in October 2002 in Baltimore City Circuit Court to serve a 12-year sentence for second-degree murder.
Johns faces the possibility of a life sentence without parole. He is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 1.
Questioned about his willingness and competency to enter the plea, Johns told Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III that for about the past month he has been off medication prescribed by a psychiatrist to "calm me down and stop my mood swings." His attorney, Assistant Public Defender Brian Hutchison, said Johns' "doctor told me last week he was competent."