Aberdeen man gets life sentence for cabbie's murder HARFORD COUNTY

April 06, 1993|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer

A 30-year-old Aberdeen man was sentenced to life plus 50 years in prison yesterday for his role in the robbery and killing of a Harford County taxi driver last summer.

Stanley J. Baczeski Jr. stood in shackles as Circuit Judge Cypert O. Whitfill imposed concurrent life sentences for first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Elvert Jones, a driver for the Victory Cab Co. of Aberdeen.

Judge Whitfill also imposed a 30-year sentence on a kidnapping charge and a 20-year term for robbery with a deadly weapon. Penalties for other convictions were merged with these counts or dismissed.

Before the sentence was given, Baczeski shook his head frequently in apparent disagreement with statements made by Harford County assistant state's attorneys Joseph Meadows and Vernon Gentile. When he was allowed to address the court, Baczeski directed his remarks at the prosecutors, calling his trial a nightmare.

"You weren't there. You don't know me," he said loudly. "I didn't kill Mr. Jones. I was there. That was my mistake."

Baczeski was the third Harford man sentenced in the case.

Clifton Paul Brinegar, 19, of Bel Air, pleaded guilty Dec. 2 to robbery and first-degree murder. He was sentenced to life plus 10 years. His stepbrother, Billy Joe Brinegar, 23, of Aberdeen, pleaded guilty to the crimes Jan. 21. He was sentenced to life plus 56 years.

The Brinegars' plea arrangement did not subject them to the death penalty. Baczeski faced it, but the jury decided he was not a principal in the murder of Mr. Jones.

Robert Winkler and Laurie McKinnon, attorneys for Baczeski, had sought to have the prosecution's notice of seeking the death penalty dismissed as a violation of their client's constitutional rights, but Judge Whitfill dismissed the motion. The defense contended that such notice automatically precluded their client from being considered for parole for 25 years even though the jury already had determined Baczeski was not guilty of being a principal in the crime.

Defendants sentenced to life terms may be considered for parole after 15 years.

Judge Whitfill also denied a defense motion for a new trial.

Mr. Winkler said his client's conviction and sentencing will probably be appealed.

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