Arundel man sentenced for murder of stepfather

August 24, 2005|By Jamie Stiehm | Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF

A 21-year-old Annapolis man was sentenced yesterday to 30 years in prison for the murder of his stepfather last year.

Deploring the fatal shooting of Joseph Theodore Brown Sr., 66, Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Nancy L. Davis-Loomis told Timothy Marcus Medley that she could not possibly ease the devastation caused by the death of Brown, with whom Medley lived.

"Those are the choices you have made," she said, referring to Medley's admission that he was on PCP at the time of the shooting Oct. 30 at the home in the 1900 block of Copeland St.

Medley pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. The judge suspended a 20-year sentence for a handgun charge.

In a court statement, Medley's older brother, Jamie Scott, told the judge that the shooting was an "honest mistake." Scott said, "I witnessed the love they had for each other. I know my brother loved my father."

Brown, a lifelong Annapolis resident who worked in the Naval Academy's food service department for 35 years, was praised by family members as a leader in his family, neighborhood and community.

Brown raised seven children and two stepchildren, and enjoyed being a great-grandfather, family members said. His said, "He'd be the man to call to fix a flat tire on your bicycle," daughter Regina Russell said. "He'd sit by the front porch and watch out for the kids on the school bus."

When Medley rose to speak, he addressed the somber assembly of family members: "Pop and I were like two peas in a pod. I still love you all."

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