Teen who killed father, 2 others gets life terms Slayings of 3 were day apart

jacket stolen.

February 20, 1991|By Raymond L. Sanchez | Raymond L. Sanchez,Evening Sun Staff

Declaring that Percy "Stink" Pair Jr. "should never see the light of day again," a judge imposed two life prison sentences on the defendant for killing his father and two others.

Pair, 18, was sentenced yesterday by Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Elsbeth Levy Bothe after he pleaded guilty to murdering his father, Percy E. Pair Sr., and his father's friend, Cheryl Conley, 23, Feb. 14, 1990.

Last month, a jury convicted the younger Pair of first-degree murder, armed robbery and a handgun violation in the slaying of Christian Robbins, a 20-year-old acquaintance. Pair had shot Robbins and stole his Los Angeles Raiders jacket the day before he committed the double-murder.

Prosecutors said the murders happened after Pair's father threw him out of the family home in the 900 block of N. Carey St. Feb. 12, 1990. Pair threw a set of house keys at his father and marched out of the house with two semi-automatic handguns.

The next day, Pair shot Robbins once in the temple on the corner of Riggs and Arlington avenues, court records show.

Then, on Valentine's Day 1990, Pair entered his family's home through a window and shot his father in the back of the head. He then "hunted down" Conley in the house and shot her in the head and chest, said prosecutor Rex Schultz.

Later that day, Pair visited his 26-year-old sister and told her he had just killed two people, the prosecutor said. He also asked her to help him hide a .25-caliber pistol.

Pair was arrested near his father's house a couple of days later. He was carrying $338 and a "large quantity" of cocaine and was wearing Robbins' Raiders jacket, authorities said.

Marcia Stephenson, an assistant public defender, pleaded with the judge to find "something redeeming" in her client. Instead, Bothe imposed two consecutive life terms for the murders of the father and Conley. Those sentences are to be served concurrently with a life term imposed for the Robbins murder.

"There is utterly no way to explain how one human being could cause so much devastation. . . . One would almost have to think that he was a maniac out of control," Bothe said.

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