Killer sentenced to 25-year term

September 24, 1990|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Evening Sun Staff

A 39-year-old Baltimore woman has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the stabbing death of her Arbutus boyfriend.

In pronouncing the sentence, Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge John F. Fader II acknowledged an "excellent presentation" by the attorney for Amelia H. Oconis, but said the Sept. 3, 1989, murder of Alfred Franklin Schraider was "not out of character for this lady."

"She has committed numerous crimes in the past," Fader said. "She is an absolute danger to society. She has taken a life. She really can't be trusted on the streets."

Oconis, formerly of the 200 block of S. Broadway, had been convicted of various crimes dating to 1974, including grand theft, prostitution, forgery, breaking and entering and welfare fraud.

Before last week's sentencing, Oconis had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Schraider, 73, of the 4700 block of Westland Blvd.

An agreed-on statement of facts said Schraider and Oconis got into an argument Sept. 3, 1989, and Oconis struck him with an electric iron, then stabbed him repeatedly in the face and neck, severing the jugular vein.

Schraider, a retired furniture refinisher, bled to death on his apartment floor, but was not found until Sept. 6.

W. Samuel Truette III, the assistant public defender representing Oconis, had argued for a 15-year prison sentence in light of her background and the fact that she feels remorseful.

Introducing a doctor's report, Truette described Oconis as having been sexually assaulted at a young age, pregnant at 16 and married to a drug dealer, and thereafter abused by various men.

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