MD Man Gets Life Sentence for Springfield Triple Slaying

Robbery led to three dead

A Maryland man who pleaded guilty to his role in a 2008 triple slaying in northern Virginia  has been sentenced to life in prison.
Thirty-five-year-old Delante Cook of New Carrollton was sentenced Friday morning in federal court in Alexandria. Cook admitted that he and his accomplices fatally stabbed three men during a November 2008 home robbery in Springfield. Prosecutors said Cook believed two of the victims, brothers Ryan and Terence Strope, were drug dealers who would be in possession of a large amount of cash. A third victim, Andres Yelicie, was also fatally stabbed.

Prosecutors and the defense agreed to recommend a life sentence as part of a plea deal.

The crime went unsolved for two years.  According to court documents, Cook, together with an accomplice, disguised himself as a law officer on the night of the murder, wearing a shirt that said 'SWAT.'  Prosecutors said during the robbery, all three victims were stabbed fatally with knives.

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