Man gets life term for killing teenage witness in murder trial

September 22, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Baltimore man was sentenced to life in prison yesterday for the murder of a teenage witness who was to testify in a Baltimore County murder trial.

Tayvon Whetstone, 20, of the 1000 block of N. Fulton Ave. was also sentenced to 20 years in prison for using a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence and 30 years for kidnapping, according to the Baltimore state's attorney's office.

In sentencing Whetstone, Judge Paul E. Alpert said he had committed a "cold, calculated murder." Alpert said the judicial system "cannot tolerate interference with witnesses or potential witnesses."

According to prosecutors, Whetstone and two other men assaulted Rickey Prince, 17, on April 22 last year on the parking lot of a McDonald's restaurant in western Baltimore County. One of the men stole Prince's car. Whetstone and the third man told him they would drive him to his car, but instead took him to a secluded area of Curtis Bay and shot him in the head.

Prince, of the 8100 block of Garden Drive, was listed as a witness in a murder case involving Whetstone and one of the other men involved in the shooting.

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