Judges decline to cut 2 life terms of convicted killer

March 07, 2000|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

A panel of Anne Arundel County judges has decided against trimming the two life sentences of Larry Bratt, convicted in 1983 of killing a couple in their Pasadena home.

It was the second setback in a week for Bratt, who also lost a bid to have the Court of Special Appeals accept another appeal of his conviction and sentence. In December, another Anne Arundel judge refused to shorten the sentence.

In a short opinion, the county judges wrote that they could not consider claims that Bratt "has made productive use of his time working towards rehabilitating himself and others," as their job was to look at the sentence imposed in 1983 by Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr.

The two life terms, the judges said, were appropriate under the circumstances.

Bratt, now 48, was convicted of masterminding the 1981 killings of John and Donna Carback. Prosecutors believe he had the Carbacks killed in connection with the reported slaying of a Florida man whose body has not been found.

"I'm pleased that the court recognized the seriousness of the offenses," said the county Deputy State's Attorney Gerald K. Anders.

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