City man gets 40 years in fatal attack

April 10, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A 25-year-old Baltimore man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison in the beating and suffocation death of another man, the city state attorney's office announced yesterday.

Circuit Judge Thomas J.S. Waxter sentenced Sylvester Pack of the 2300 block of W. North Ave. to life -- suspending all but 40 years -- on Tuesday in the killing of Travis Stokes.

On Dec. 19, 1999, prosecutors said, Pack and David Rawlings chased Stokes and beat him in the 1600 block of W. North Ave. They then took Stokes to a nearby residence and continued to assault him with their hands and a baseball bat. They suffocated Stokes and discarded his body behind a garage, prosecutors said.

Pack pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and carrying a deadly weapon in April 2001 and received a life sentence. The Court of Special Appeals reversed the conviction because he did not have a lawyer during trial. Rawlings pleaded guilty in 2001 to second-degree murder, receiving a 20-year prison term.

The prosecutor's office also announced yesterday a Circuit Court jury's conviction Tuesday of Quinton Gross, 23, of second-degree murder in the death of Michael Hunt, 35, who witnesses said was shot once in the chest by Gross in 2000 after Hunt failed to show him "the proper amount of respect."

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