Man gets life term in employer's death

September 26, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A clerk at Pepe's Pizza who was convicted in June in the slaying of the shop's owner was sentenced yesterday to life without the possibility of parole in Baltimore County Circuit Court.

Judge Robert N. Dugan sentenced Martin Hoffman, 40, who was convicted by a jury June 9 of felony murder in the death of Peter Makris.

Makris, 72, died of stab wounds July 3 of last year after he confronted someone in the kitchen of the restaurant in the 6000 block of Falls Road, according to testimony.

Police immediately focused their investigation on Hoffman, who lived above the restaurant and gave conflicting accounts of what he did when he found the body, according to testimony.

Police also found several thousand dollars from the restaurant in his room, according to testimony.

Dugan sentenced Hoffman's brother, Michael J. Hoffman, 36, of Baltimore, to life without the possibility of parole Aug. 21 after a jury convicted him of felony murder.

Dugan also sentenced Michael Hoffman's wife, Jennifer Hoffman, 20, to five years after she pleaded guilty May 29 to being an accessory to the murder.

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