Man gets life term in fatal shooting of `hacker' cabbie

November 15, 2001|By Sarah Koenig | Sarah Koenig,SUN STAFF

Deon Carter, the West Baltimore man who tried to evade arrest for first-degree murder by dressing as a woman and later stabbed a sheriff's deputy with the deputy's key after being convicted, was sentenced yesterday to life in prison with a chance for parole.

Prosecutor Frank G. Rangoussis had argued that Carter, 20, of the 1500 block of Mountmor Court, was too dangerous and anti-social to ever be freed. The defense said he was lead-poisoned and was neglected by his drug-addicted mother, and public defender Jill Trivas urged that he be given a "glimmer of hope."

At the end of the hearing in Baltimore Circuit Court, Judge Kaye A. Allison said, "None of these factors explain or excuse your cavalier propensity to violence. ... The only mitigating factor that gives me pause at all is your youth."

The decision was a disappointment to relatives of Sean Powell, 33, a "hacker" cab driver whom Carter shot in the head June 30 last year in an apparent robbery.

During the hearing, Carter smiled and laughed softly. At one point he mouthed threats to Powell's relatives.

Seven sheriff's deputies attended Carter, and ejected two people who talked to him during the proceedings.

Carter also faces capital murder charges in Virginia in the robbery and shooting death of Frank M. Bailey Jr., 46, of Kinsale, Va., a week after Powell's killing.

Carter's co-defendant in both cases, Lajuan Davis, 18, pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of Powell after Carter's conviction, and received a 15-year sentence. Both men await extradition to Virginia.

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