Man, 23, gets 60-year sentence in killings of 2 women in 2002

February 19, 2004|By Laurie Willis | Laurie Willis,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore man was sentenced to 60 years in prison yesterday after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in the deaths of two city women, including one who was bludgeoned to death.

Michael Hall, 23, of the 3700 block of Elmley Ave. was sentenced by Circuit Judge John C. Themelis.

Cynthia Banks, an assistant state's attorney, said there was no connection between Hall's victims, Amanda Nolan, 38, a mother of four, and Valerie Winder, 37, who had a daughter.

It was Hall who told police he discovered Nolan's body in a rear alleyway near his home in November 2002. He was charged a few days later with first-degree murder.

Banks said authorities determined that Nolan, who was struck about her head and face nearly a dozen times with a baseball bat, was killed in the basement of Hall's home.

Nolan's body was dumped in an alley in Northeast Baltimore.

Earlier in 2002, Winder's partially nude body was discovered in the rear of Harford Heights Elementary School, Banks said. She had been strangled.

After Hall was arrested in Nolan's death, he confessed to killing Winder, Banks said.

At yesterday's hearing, Alfred Nolan Sr. talked about his first-born child and how devastating her death has been for his family. As in his brief statement, he said in a later interview that "with the help of the Lord" he hoped to be able to forgive Hall.

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