2 men get 50-year terms in shooting outside club

November 25, 1997|By Ivan Penn | Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF

Two Baltimore men were each sentenced to 50 years yesterday for the murder of a nationally recognized scholar-athlete from Walbrook High School who was killed in a hail of gunfire outside a city nightclub. The 50-year sentences for Terrell J. Neal, 22, and Gary A. Hall, 26, were the maximum penalties Baltimore Circuit Judge John N. Prevas could impose.

Neal and Hall were convicted Sept. 30 of second-degree murder for the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Tyrone Carroll on May 26, 1996, outside Club Indigo, a nonalcoholic dance club in Lexington Market. The club has since closed.

The maximum penalty for second-degree murder is 30 years, and the maximum penalty for a handgun violation is 20 years.

Marvin S. Brave, one of the attorneys defending Neal and Hall, argued for a lighter sentence, saying that the crime the men were convicted of wasn't characteristic of them.

"The whole affair is a terrible, terrible tragedy," Brave said.

Nancy Middleton, Carroll's mother, said during the sentencing yesterday that nothing would replace the void in her family.

"Tyrone's death has totally devastated me and my family," PTC tearful Middleton told the court. "I can't hold my child anymore. I can't see my baby. All I can do is put flowers on his grave."

Carroll was to graduate from Walbrook High in June and was planning to attend the Air Force Academy this fall and study aerospace engineering, his mother said. A month after his funeral, it was announced that he had been named to the national Who's Who Among American High School Students.

Pub Date: 11/25/97

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