A 38-year-old man has been sentenced to 35 years for the 2009 stabbing death of a local teen in an argument over marijuana.
Walter George Glenn faced 25 to 40 years for his January second-degree murder conviction involving the death of a boy he considered his stepson.
During Glenn’s trial, witnesses testified that Carlton Braswell, 17, crossed paths with Glenn near the teen’s 1900-block Southern Street apartment and asked the older man for a cigarette.
Glenn refused. The pair argued and cursed at each other before parting ways.
Braswell went elsewhere to buy cigarettes and when he returned the pair again argued. That’s when prosecutors say Glenn stabbed the teen.
Braswell, bleeding, ran to his apartment and died soon afterward.
But Glenn testified in today’s hearing that the fight started because he was rolling a marijuana blunt and Braswell asked him to sell him some of the drug. He said no.
Glenn said the teen got angry, took off his shirt and started fighting with him.
He would not speak about the specifics of how Braswell died, just that he defended himself.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents found Glenn hiding in the crawl space of a Nashville home two months later.
The sentencing, originally scheduled in April, was delayed when Glenn was allowed to change attorneys after his trial. Ben McGowan was his trial attorney, Donna Miller represented Glenn during his sentencing.
For more see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.
Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...