3rd person sentenced in BWI theft

March 08, 2006

The last of three fired baggage handlers at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport accused of raiding soldiers' luggage last year as they departed for overseas duty has been convicted and sentenced.

Derek Jerod Murray, 21, of Glen Burnie entered an Alford plea Friday, not admitting guilt but acknowledging that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him, according to Anne Arundel Circuit Court records.

Judge Joseph P. Manck sentenced Murray to six months of house arrest, though he can go to work, and 12 months of supervised probation, court documents say. Manck may reconsider the theft conviction after Murray completes probation.

Murray and two other Signature Flight Support workers were accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of electronics, survival tools and valuables from checked luggage of overseas travelers.

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