From the Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office:
On Monday, September 13, 2010, , Kyvelle Jamaas Martin, 24, of Edgewood, Maryland, reputed to be affiliated with a street gang known as The Bloods, received 50 years to serve in the DOC for the murder of Kevin Rowlette in the Circuit Court for Harford County.
Citing the defendant’s prior criminal history which included convictions for burglary and possession of a handgun, Judge Emory A. Plitt, Jr., imposed a sentence of 30 years for Second Degree Murder and a consecutive 20 years for the Use of a Handgun in the Commission of a Crime of Violence, resulting in a total of 50 years to serve in the Maryland Division of Correction.
At the time of the murder Martin was already on Probation to Judge Plitt for prior convictions of Burglary and Possession of a handgun, in two unrelated cases. The defendant received an additional 10 years consecutive for violating his probation making it a combined sentence of 60 years in prison for all 3 cases pending before the Court.
Martin had been convicted by a Jury on April 22, 2010, in the shooting death of Kevin Harold Rowlette, 20, of 1013 Starboard Court, Edgewood, on July 12, 2006, at Brookside Drive in Edgewood. The charges arose when the defendant went to the home of the victim to confront him about the fact that the victim had accused the defendant of robbing him approximately one to three weeks earlier. The defendant accosted Mr. Rowlette on his front lawn, shooting him once in the face with a handgun and killing him. Martin fled to Georgia after the shooting and had to be extradited for trial..
Martin is currently serving a 10 year sentence in Georgia and according to Georgia Prison Officials may be released near the end of 2005. Judge Plitt ordered the defendant to serve his Maryland sentence consecutive to the Georgia sentence, making it possible that the defendant may serve as much as 65 years before being released.