November 30, 2010

Second Potomac teenager sentenced for murder of Gaithersburg man

Emily Geller was given a life sentence in prison today, cut down to 25 years, for the 2009 murder of a Gaithersburg car salesman. Both Geller, 19 and her accomplice, Artie Ellis, 17, were given life sentences that were shortened to 25 years after they pleaded guilty to first-degree murder separately. They were reportedly dating at the time of the crime.

Before receiving her sentence today, Geller said it was Ellis who convinced her to take part in the crime and that during their relationship he would abuse her and forced her to into prostitution.

"I just wanted to show [Ellis] that I love him and that I'd do anything for him," she said. "...I swear I never meant for this to happen."

The Potomac residents were arrested in October 2009 and charged with killing and robbing Ali Reza Zare, 57, of Gaithersburg. Zare was found dead by a jogger along a wooded path near Bells Mill Elementary School in May. SOURCE: Gazette

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