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Published On: Fri, Feb 6th, 2015

Kenan Adams-Kinard sentenced to 20 years for Delbert Belton murder

The Washington teen who beat and murdered a US war veteran to death was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison, while his partner awaits a trial.

Demetrius Glenn, from Spokane, beat Delbert Belton to death in August 2013 Kenan Adams-Kinard, who changed his plea to guilty and will now serve twenty years in jail.

Uncle Delbert was brutally and savagely beaten to the point they couldn’t put his face back together,” one of Belton’s nephew’s told the court about the beating, saying his uncle would not have been able to fight off the two teen boys. “This was not a beating. This was exceptionally cruel.”

Kenan Adams-Kinard

Kenan Adams-Kinard

Adams Kinard read a statement to the court, saying he had wept because of the shame and guilt that weighed heavy on his soul, and that he was not the same selfish, angry teen who first stood before Judge Annette Plese after his arrest in 2013.

“For too long I’ve had resentment toward authority, toward guidance, and ultimately toward the man in the mirror, but no longer,” he told the court.

Plese noted that Adams Kinard took accountability for his actions, “that’s what a does” but agreed with the recommendation that he be sentenced to 20 years in prison, minus time served.

As part of a plea deal with prosecutors, Adams Kinard agreed to confess to the beating attack on Belton in exchange for prosecutors dropping robbery and conspiracy charges against him.

Belton, 88, survived the battle of Okinawa. He returned to Spokane after the war and spent decades working at Kaiser Aluminum.

Glenn, faces trial next month on a murder charge.

On left, suspect Kenan Adams-Kinard. On right, suspect in custody Demetrius Glenn photos: Facebook/My Space

On left, suspect Kenan Adams-Kinard. On right, suspect in custody Demetrius Glenn photos: Facebook/My Space

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  1. Demetrius Glenn pleads guilty in Delbert Belton murder to take plea deal - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] pleaded guilty to killing Belton earlier this year and had already been sentenced to 20 years in prison last month. Glenn’s trial had been pushed back until after Adams-Kinard was […]

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