DeCosta's conviction in killing upheld by Court of Special Appeals

December 16, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals upheld yesterday the conviction of Jane F. DeCosta, the Timonium teen-ager found guilty of being an accessory after the fact to the 1995 murder of a Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital counselor.

The appellate court did not agree with any of the five arguments against DeCosta's January conviction in Baltimore County Circuit Court. She was acquitted of more serious charges in the death of Sharon Edwards, 26.

Judge Barbara Kerr Howe imposed a five-year sentence, suspending all but the 15 months DeCosta spent in jail after her arrest, on the condition that DeCosta enter a locked mental health facility. She has been sent to one in Florida.

DeCosta's friend Benjamin S. Garris of Frederick was convicted of killing Edwards at the psychiatric hospital. He was sentenced to life without parole.

At the time of the slaying, Garris was 16 and DeCosta was 15.

Pub Date: 12/16/97

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