Baltimore man sentenced in deliveryman's murder

November 10, 1992|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff Writer

A 36-year-old West Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday to life plus 40 years in prison for slaying a Pepsi-Cola deliveryman during a robbery in July outside a grocery store.

Samuel "Petey" Maith Jr. of the 1300 block of N. Carey St. pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, armed robbery and a handgun violation yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court, said Gary Schenker, an assistant state's attorney.

The charges stemmed from the July 2 robbery and slaying of 25-year-old Genro Fullano.

Mr. Fullano, of Essex, was married and the father of a 4-month-old when he was robbed and shot once in the chest after making a late-morning delivery at the West Lanvale Street Market in the 1700 block of W. Lanvale St.

In July, George N. Buntin Jr., executive director of the Baltimore NAACP chapter, cited the Fullano killing when he called for a discussion of martial law as a deterrent to violent crime in the city.

Judge Clifton J. Gordy sentenced Maith to life for murder, a 20-year term for armed robbery and 20 years for a handgun violation, Mr. Schenker said, adding that all the sentences are to be served consecutively.

Prosecutors sought a sentence of life without parole for Maith.

Leonard A. Sipes, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said Maith must serve at least 20 years before he is eligible for parole.

"There were no plea bargains. He pled guilty to everything, hoping the judge wouldn't give him life without parole," Mr. Schenker said.

Maith was arrested two days after the murder. He told police that he was armed with a pistol when he saw Mr. Fullano and decided to rob him, Mr. Schenker said.

Maith also told police that he had put the gun to Mr. Fullano's chest to demand money when the gun accidentally discharged, the prosecutor said.

Witnesses saw Maith going through the victim's pockets after the shooting, the prosecutor said, and that more than $800 collected during the deliveryman's rounds was taken.

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