Convict who aided in slaying is sentenced Getaway car driver gets life plus 33 years.

January 14, 1992|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Evening Sun Staff

A Baltimore County Circuit Court judge has sentenced Gregory Lawrence to life in prison plus 33 years for the fatal shooting and robbery June 6 of Jane Tyson, 49, on a Westview Mall parking lot.

Tyson, a Baltimore County teacher's aide, was gunned down in front of two of her grandchildren.

Judge James T. Smith Jr. yesterday imposed sentence on Lawrence, 34, of Cheviot Court in Woodlawn.

Lawrence, the driver of the getaway car in the robbery that netted $10, was convicted Oct. 24 of first-degree murder, armed robbery and a handgun violation.

Sandra A. O'Connor, the county state's attorney, said that Lawrence must serve 43 years without the possibility of parole. He was on parole for an armed robbery conviction at the time of the mall incident, released after serving seven years of a 20-year sentence.

Smith reinstated the remainder of that sentence and added a consecutive 20-year term for the handgun charge plus life for the Tyson murder.

The alleged gunman in the case, Wesley Baker, 33, was scheduled for trial Jan. 21, but last week his attorney asked for a change of venue, O'Connor said.

The state is seeking the death penalty against Baker and in such cases in Maryland, there is an automatic right to a change of venue. Baker is to be tried in Harford County Circuit Court, said O'Connor, although a trial date has not yet been scheduled.

At his trial, Lawrence testified that he did not know a robbery was planned and that he merely gave a friend a ride to the mall to buy blank video tapes. Lawrence said he did not know the accused gunman was carrying a gun that night.

On June 6, Tyson went to Westview Mall with her grandchildren, a boy, 6, and a girl, 4, to buy them shoes. About 8:30 p.m., as she was getting into her car on a rear parking lot, she was accosted by an armed man, robbed of $10 and fatally shot.

The state's chief witness was Scott Faust, who followed the getaway car, a Chevrolet S10 Blazer, took down the license number and gave it to police.

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