Annapolis man gets 30-year term for killing girlfriend

November 16, 1995|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

A 30-year-old Annapolis man who was convicted twice last year of beating up his girlfriend was sentenced to 30 years in prison yesterday for killing her.

Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Bruce C. Williams ordered the sentence for Richard E. Janey of the 100 block of Obery Court. Janey was acquitted of first-degree murder but convicted Sept. 1 of second-degree murder and malicious burning in the December 1994 death of Susan McAteer, an Annapolis woman he had dated.

Janey was accused of stabbing Ms. McAteer 58 times, dumping her body in woods outside Annapolis and burning the stolen car used in the slaying.

The body of Ms. McAteer, 29, of the first block of Southgate Ave. was discovered Dec. 27, 1994, in woods off Dubois Road just outside Annapolis. She had been dead about a week, according to testimony.

Police focused on Janey after they learned that he had been convicted twice in July 1994 of battery for beating up Ms. McAteer and sentenced to six months. He was being sought for escape at the time of the murder.

Janey called a police dispatcher four hours after the body was found -- and before details of the murder were released to the press -- to deny any involvement and to point the finger at Wanda Hall, 31, of the 1000 block of Bay Ridge Road in Annapolis, according to police testimony. He also gave relatives conflicting accounts of the murder.

Ms. Hall, who police say was with Janey at the time of the murder, has been charged with first-degree murder in the slaying and with stealing the 1993 Chrysler LeBaron.

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