Killer to serve a life sentence plus 135 years

February 20, 1999|By Erika Niedowski | Erika Niedowski,SUN STAFF

A 24-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday to life in prison plus 135 years for the 1997 kidnapping and execution-style murder of an Owings Mills woman whose body was left in Leakin Park.

Thomas George Brown of the 1600 block of N. Calhoun St. received life in prison for the first-degree murder of Antoineen Darden, 30, who was shot once in the head after being driven around the city.

Circuit Judge Carol E. Smith also sentenced Brown to 30 years each on two counts of kidnapping, 15 years each for first-degree assault and robbery with a deadly weapon, 10 years for burglary, and 35 years on two counts of using a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence.

The sentences will be served consecutively.

Prosecutor Sharon R. Holback had asked the judge for the maximum penalty, which would have added 30 years to the sentence.

A jury convicted Brown on Jan. 14 after a seven-day trial.

Darden and an unidentified man were kidnapped from the 900 block of Rutland Ave. on Aug. 17, 1997, robbed of jewelry, clothing and several thousand dollars , and driven around for two or three hours before Darden was shot in the left side of the head.

Darden's body was found on a bridge in the 2900 block of W. Baltimore St. in Leakin Park. The man, who had been let out of the car, suffered minor injuries.

A second suspect in the case is still at large.

Pub Date: 2/20/99

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