Baltimore man convicted in shooting of delivery woman gets 35 years

July 29, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Baltimore man who robbed and shot a pizza delivery woman in the face on New Year's Day 1999 was sentenced yesterday to 35 years in prison - far short of what state prosecutors were seeking.

Despite the urging of Howard County prosecutors and testimony from the victim, Howard County Circuit Court Judge Lenore R. Gelfman ordered the shooter, Naim Quinton Abdul-Muhaimin, 22, to serve about half of the maximum time recommended under Maryland sentencing guidelines.

"We're very disappointed," said Deputy State's Attorney I. Matthew Campbell. His colleague, Assistant State's Attorney Thomas W. Rafter, had asked the judge to to give Adbul-Muhaimin more than the maximum sentence.

"It was a terribly serious matter. It had elements of premeditation, of careful calculation," said Campbell, adding that Abdul-Muhaimin had not displayed any remorse for the crime.

The bullet that lodged in Martha Lunsford's jaw was a centimeter from entering her skull or severing her carotid artery.

Co-defendant Charles A. Mosley, 20 at the time, pleaded guilty in January to armed robbery and using a handgun, and agreed to testify against Adbul-Muhaimin. Mosley was sentenced in May to nine years in prison.

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