Ex-NSA worker sentenced again in 1993 killings of two women

October 15, 2004|By Phillip McGowan and Sarah Schaffer | Phillip McGowan and Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF

A former National Security Agency cryptologist who has had two death sentences overturned since killing two women 11 years ago was given consecutive life sentences for those crimes yesterday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.

But members of the victims' families worry that Circuit Judge Joseph P. Manck's decision won't bring finality to a case that began after Darris A. Ware, 33, shot his former fiancee, Betina "Kristi" Gentry, and her friend Cynthia V. Allen on Dec. 30, 1993.

"To say that I'm happy with it is an understatement," said Gentry's father, Edward L. Gentry. "[But] I don't think this is the end. We can only hope."

Ware was first convicted of shooting Gentry, 18, and Allen, 22, by a Howard jury in 1995 and was sentenced to death.

Ware has 30 days to appeal the life sentences.

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