2nd of 3 suspects gets life in cabdriver's death HARFORD COUNTY

January 22, 1993|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer

One of three men accused of robbing and strangling an Aberdeen taxi driver, stuffing his body into a cab's trunk, then plunging the cab into a Harford County quarry received a life sentence yesterday.

In an agreement with prosecutors, Billy Joe Brinegar, 23, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and kidnapping.

In return for the state's not seeking the death penalty, Brinegar agreed to testify against a 31-year-old alleged accomplice, Stanley J. Baczeski Jr., whose trial is set for Feb. 8. Assistant State's Attorney Joseph P. Meadows said the state will seek the death penalty against Mr. Baczeski.

Harford Circuit Judge Cypert O. Whitfill sentenced Brinegar to life plus 56 years for his role in the murder and robbery, which police believe netted $15.

The remaining accomplice, Clifton Paul Brinegar, Billy Joe's 19-year-old stepbrother, pleaded guilty Dec. 2 and was sentenced to life plus 10 years for first-degree murder and conspiracy to rob.

The victim, 42-year-old Evert Jones, picked up a fare at an Aberdeen car wash at 9:30 p.m. June 22, 1992, court papers say. He radioed his dispatcher at the Victory Cab Co. for the price of a trip to Cedar Lane off Route 136 in Creswell. Mr. Jones verified the fare and was not heard from again.

Aberdeen police received a missing person report on Mr. Jones about five hours later.

Three days later, police said, an unidentified witness reported that Mr. Baczeski had said he and the Brinegars had decided to rob a cab, strangled Mr. Jones and stuffed his body into the trunk.

The witness told police the cab had been driven to the quarries near Rocks State Park, where the men placed a rock on the accelerator, sending the cab over an embankment and into deep water.

Acting on this information, police located a site near Whiteford where a vehicle recently had been sent over an embankment. Harford divers later found the cab with Mr. Jones' body in the trunk.

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