Killer of woman shows 'no remorse,' is jailed for life

September 17, 1992|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff Writer

The unapologetic, crack-using killer of a 75-year-ol Northwest Baltimore woman was sentenced yesterday to life in prison.

"He has no remorse, no regret, not as many feelings as a beast would have for killing its prey," Baltimore Circuit Judge Elsbeth L. Bothe said while sentencing Donald Gene Davis, 33, of the 3200 block of W. Belvedere Ave.

"I don't believe in the death penalty for various reasons," the judge said, "but if I did, this is the case for its imposition."

In exchange for a guilty plea to first-degree murder in the stabbing and strangling last Nov. 30 of Jeanette Friedman, prosecutors dropped their request that Davis be sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole.

But Judge Bothe said, "It is my hope and expectation that Mr. Davis never will be released from confinement."

Davis, who has refused to accept responsibility for the elderly widow's death, declined to speak on his own behalf at his sentencing hearing.

Ms. Friedman's body was found by her son in the kitchen of her third-floor apartment in the 3500 block of Clarks Lane, in a complex inhabited mostly by the elderly. She had been stabbed nine times.

Davis, a handyman who was known to the victim from painting he had done in the apartment building, told police he was high on crack cocaine when he visited the woman's home the day of the killing.

Police said the murder was the result of a botched robbery.

About a dozen friends and relatives of the woman attended the sentencing, many of them expressing outrage that Davis eventually could be considered for parole.

"Life in prison with the possibility for parole will not satisfy our sense of grief and loss. You must do everything in your power to lock this man away forever," said Harry Friedman, the victim's son, told the court.

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