Man given life term in killing

Robbery led to shooting last year in Owings Mills, county prosecutors say

August 31, 2004|By Jennifer McMenamin | Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF

A 21-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday to life in prison for the murder of a construction worker who, prosecutors say, was lured to Owings Mills by four acquaintances who intended to rob him to buy tickets to the Six Flags amusement park in Largo.

Although Larry E. Jackson did not fire the bullet that killed 28-year-old Donnie A. Joy Jr. and claimed he did not know his co-defendant intended to shoot the man, a Baltimore County Circuit judge said Jackson should have been aware of the possibility of violence. Both Jackson and co-defendant Reginald J. Manning carried handguns when they confronted the victim June 13 of last year in a parking lot near Pleasant Hill and Reisterstown roads.

"This is a truly sad and horrific case," Judge Lawrence R. Daniels said during Jackson's sentencing hearing. "Donnie Joy appeared to be a young man trying to do something with his life, who worked hard for his money, who died in a completely ... needless fashion."

A jury convicted Jackson in May of first-degree murder, robbery with a deadly weapon and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony.

Prosecutor Stephen Bailey said yesterday in court that after Manning shot Joy in the back, Jackson "chased him down, stole his belongings and came back to the car."

Daniels sentenced Jackson to serve a life term on the murder charge and a consecutive 20-year sentence on the handgun offense. The judge told the victim's friends and relatives who gathered in the courtroom that Jackson won't be eligible for parole until he serves at least 22 years of his sentence.

Jackson was the second of four suspects charged in the killing to be sentenced.

Manning, the triggerman in the botched robbery, reached a plea agreement with prosecutors on the third day of his murder trial in April. He was sentenced to life in prison, with the possibility of parole, for the first-degree murder charge and 20 years in prison for a handgun charge.

Two women, Nicole M. Mongelli of Westminster and Chantiece R. Koromah of Baltimore, have pleaded guilty to robbery with a deadly and dangerous weapon in the case. They are scheduled for sentencing in October.

Linda Pendleton, Joy's mother, asked the judge not to give Jackson "a slap on the wrist."

She told Daniels about how Joy's 8-year-old daughter has asked why the people who killed her father couldn't have just asked for money.

With her arm encircling her granddaughter, Pendleton tearfully told the judge, "I don't know how to answer that question."

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