Man gets life term in death of friend

January 08, 2004

A Havre de Grace man was sentenced yesterday to life without parole for the first-degree murder of a friend whom he shot after a night of gambling.

Robert Scott Earl, 24, of the 500 block of Bourbon St. also received 40 more years on armed robbery and handgun charges in the death of Troy Reid, 30, of Havre de Grace, said Diana Brooks, deputy state's attorney.

According to court records, Earl became angry at Reid after playing dice in Havre de Grace's Hilltown neighborhood July 31, 2002. Earl left, then returned wearing a mask and robbed Reid, shooting him twice. Reid was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died about three weeks later.

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