Teen sentenced to life without parole in 2001 killing of homeless man in city

May 12, 2004|By A SUN STAFF WRITER

A South Baltimore teen-ager who prosecutors say fatally beat three homeless men in a sport he and his friends called "bum stomping" was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing one of the men.

Circuit Judge M. Brooke Murdock sentenced Harold "Jay" Waterbury, 19, in the April 2001 death of Gerald J. Holle, 55, a homeless man living under the Monroe Street bridge in the 1800 block of S. Monroe St.

After Waterbury was found guilty in November, he was led out of Murdock's courtroom in handcuffs and hissed at a detective who worked on the case, "I'm going to get you."

The teen-ager also has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of two other homeless men, court records show.

Prosecutors say the attacks were twisted attempts by Waterbury and his friends to "clean up" their neighborhood.

Waterbury was the third defendant to be found guilty of the attack that killed Holle.

Daniel Ennis Jr., 18, and Michael Wayne Farmer, 20, are serving prison time for their roles in the killings. Ennis was sentenced to 20 years in Holle's death, and Farmer received two consecutive life terms in the deaths of Holle and George Williams, 46.

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