A 40-year-old Dundalk man was found guilty yesterday of a 1981 murder-for-hire in a neighborhood dispute and given a life sentence that will follow the 25-year, no-parole term he is now serving.
A Baltimore County Circuit Court jury took about four hours to convict Jack Douglas Mayhew, formerly of Four Georges Court, of the first-degree murder of Joseph E. Jackson, 32, who was shot in the back on April 28, 1981, at his home in the 2100 block of Riverview Road, Essex.
Mayhew's sister told police in 1982 that he was paid $2,000 for the murder, according to a statement that she tried to repudiate during testimony last week.
No charges were placed in the case until 1990, when police said they finally had established a connection between Mayhew and Mr. Jackson's next-door neighbor, Robert Francis Ewing, who ordered the murder.
Ewing, 45, a racetrack security guard and former Baltimore police officer, was feuding with Mr. Jackson, the prosecution said. He was convicted of murder and received a 30-year sentence last year.
Mayhew didn't testify, but before sentencing yesterday by Judge Joseph F. Murphy Jr., his face flushed as he accused county police detectives and Assistant State's Attorney Jason League of framing him and letting the real killer go free. He and his attorney, Acting Public Defender Amanda E. Bull, recounted his cooperation with federal authorities in an unrelated case and the resulting attempts on his life in prison, where he's serving a 25-year term as a "three-time loser" for repeated burglary. The judge rejected Mayhew's claims, saying "the jury's verdict was right on the money."