Woman loses bid to cut murder sentence

March 05, 1996

A Carroll County three-judge panel refused yesterday to reduce Sara Elizabeth Citroni's sentence of two life terms for the murder of a Westminster woman and her boyfriend in July 1993.

Citroni, 20, of Reisterstown requested the sentence modification June, hoping the judges would reduce it enough for her to begin therapy and vocational programs at the Patuxent Institution.

Her current sentence, imposed in September 1994 after Citroni pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and conspiracy, prohibits her involvement in Patuxent's programs.

Citroni's "current ambition for treatment is commendable, but is inconsistent with the purposes of the sentence in this case, given the magnitude and severity of the crime," the panel wrote.

On July 29, 1993, Citroni and Jason Aaron DeLong, then her boyfriend, repeatedly stabbed his mother, Cathryn Brace Farrar, the woman's Bishop's Garth apartment. George William Wahl, Ms. Farrar's boyfriend, was also killed.

DeLong was found not criminally responsible for the double murder, but guilty and responsible for conspiracy to kill his mother, who defense attorneys said had sexually and emotionally abused her child for years.

He is being treated at the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center and will begin serving a life sentence when he is released.

Citroni -- who defense attorneys said was a good-natured teen-ager before her mother died of pancreatic cancer -- has said she participated in the murders because of the way Farrar treated her son.

Two men held on charges of drug possession

Westminster police arrested two men on drug charges late Saturday night after reports that two men were trying to sell heroin on South Center Street. David Corry Brandon Sr., 26, and Jeffrey Dale Horn, 19, were charged with drug possession, possession of drugs with intent to distribute and possession of paraphernalia.

Mr. Brandon of the 1600 block of Moreland Avenue in Baltimore was being held yesterday on $250,000 bail at the Carroll County Detention Center. Mr. Horn, who lives in the 2700 block of East Mayberry Road near Taneytown, was being held on $50,000 bail. Police, responding to a tip from citizens, stopped a red Ford Escort near the intersection of East Green Street and Washington Road about 10: 30 p.m. Saturday, they said yesterday. Officers said the car had been driving slowly around the area of South Center and Charles streets for about 30 minutes, stopping frequently.

After stopping the car, police searched the vehicle with a drug-sniffing dog. Although officers did not find any drugs in the car, a subsequent strip search of one man revealed 52 packets of crack cocaine in a body cavity.

Police also seized $700, the 1990 Ford Escort and drug-related paraphernalia.

Police

Westminster: A resident of Deer Park road told city police Sunday somebody entered his vehicle and stole property from an apartment on West Main Street. The loss was estimated at $50.

Westminster: A Littlestown, Pa., resident repoted to city police Sunday that her purse was taken from her car while it was parked at a convenience store on East Main Street. Loss was estimated at $20.

Westminster: An employee of the Direct-To-You gas station on George Street reported to city police Sunday that a customer paid with altered currency. The loss was estimated at $20.

Westminster: A resident of Bel Air told city police Sunday that the rear license plate was taken from her car while it was parked at Western Maryland College.

Westminster: A resident of Buck Cash Drive reported to city police Saturday that his car was damaged and items removed. The loss was estimated at $350.

Westminster: A resident of Elmwood Court told city police Saturday that property valued at $139.95 was taken from her car.

Pub Date: 3/05/96

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