This Month In County History

Two life terms imposed in 1992 fatal carjacking

July 01, 2005

On June 29, 1993, a Howard County judge sentenced Bernard Eric Miller, 17, to life in prison for his role in the carjacking death of Pam Basu.

Miller had been found guilty of forcing Basu from her BMW sedan at an intersection near her Savage home Sept. 8, 1992, and dragging her to her death. At one point, Miller and co-defendant Rodney Eugene Solomon pulled over and placed Basu's 22-month-old daughter, who was in the car's back seat, on the road. The child was not harmed.

Solomon was convicted of first-degree murder by a Baltimore County Circuit Court jury in August 1993 and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

"These events robbed many people of this community a sense of well-being and trust," Howard County Circuit Judge Dennis Sweeney said during Miller's sentencing hearing. "The community is forever more a hostile place."

Miller will be eligible for parole at the end of 2010, or after 17 1/2 years in prison.

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