Killer of cabbie gets life plus 20 years

April 02, 1992|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

A Baltimore man pleaded guilty Tuesday and received life plus 20 years in jail for killing a Sun Cab driver during a robbery, prosecutors said yesterday.

James Robinson, 23, and his girlfriend, Laverne Paulette Jackson, were passengers in the cab of Frederick Griffin on Oct. 8. Mr. Griffin, 44, was shot four times in the back after being ordered to pull into a parking lot in the 5000 block of Denview Way in Northeast Baltimore.

Robinson, of the 2000 block of E. Hoffman St., pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and use of a handgun in a crime of violence.

Jackson, of the 800 block of N. Bradford Ave., on Tuesday pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and received a 10-year sentence, all of which was suspended except for the six months she had already served in jail. She also received five years' probation.

According to court records, a witness lot heard gunshots and saw Robinson fumbling through Mr. Griffin's pockets. The witness said that immediately after the shots were fired, Jackson ran toward him and yelled for him to call the police, court records said. But she was told by Robinson that they had better leave quickly and the two then ran off, the witness said.

The witness followed the pair for several blocks before alerting police. They were arrested on a bus.

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