Man who fled U.S. gets 48 years in Feb. killing

July 01, 2000

A 21-year-old southern Baltimore man who fled to Canada to escape a murder charge was sentenced yesterday to 48 years behind bars, city prosecutors announced.

David Alfred Gatton Sr., of the 1000 block of Bristol Ave., pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in May in Baltimore Circuit Court, after trying to fight deportation from Canada by claiming the American penal system was inhumane.

Gatton had surrendered to police in Vancouver, British Columbia, on June 25. Gatton admitted shooting Anthony Henson, 23, at his home in the 4200 block of Audrey Avenue in Brooklyn on February 18 last year.

Police said Gatton shot Henson several times.

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