Life sentence cut to 40 years in death of Glen Burnie dentist

Nearly seven years after she admitted that she plotted to have her boss killed in his Glen Burnie office to cover up thefts from his dental practice, Shontay Joyner Hickman had her life sentence reduced Thursday to 40 years in prison for testifying against her cousin.

The reduction, in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, was part of a sealed plea agreement in which Hickman, 38, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty last year to first-degree murder in the slaying of Dr. Albert Woonho Ro, who hailed from a family well-known in the area's Korean-American community.

Hickman said she brought Jeter and two men she did not know to Ro's office. Police said they found Jeter's DNA on a toothbrush box there. No one else has been charged.

An assistant in Dr. Ro's office, Hickman admitted she siphoned more than $17,000 from his practice.

Andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

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