Men sentenced in fatal robbery

February 07, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Two men convicted in a killing and robbery at a Hunt Valley fast-food restaurant were sentenced yesterday - one to life without the possibility of parole, the other to 10 years.

Andre Lawson, 18, of Baltimore appeared before Baltimore County Circuit Judge Alexander Wright Jr. and was sentenced to life on a conviction of first-degree murder in the death of James Stambaugh Jr. He also received two 20-year concurrent sentences for armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Lawson, who was 17 at the time of the crime, was convicted by a jury in September.

Stambaugh, 21, the manager of the York Road Burger King, was bound, stabbed and beaten during a robbery Dec. 23, 2000.

In a separate hearing yesterday, Wright sentenced William Jones, 18, of Baltimore to a 10-year prison term and five years' probation for his role in the crime.

Jones, who worked at the Burger King, agreed to let the three defendants into the restaurant after closing on the night of the robbery, according to testimony at his trial. Jones, who was 16 when Stambaugh was killed, was convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery.

Courtney Bryant, 19, described by prosecutors as the "ringleader" of the group, became the youngest of Maryland's 13 death-row inmates Monday when Wright sentenced him to death for the killing.

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