Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

May 16, 2006

50-year term imposed in 17-year-old's killing

A 30-year-old West Baltimore man was sentenced to 50 years in prison yesterday for the 2003 killing of a 17-year-old boy who had witnessed another homicide, the city state's attorney's office announced.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Thomas J.S. Waxter sentenced Cedric Stancil of the 1000 block of Poplar St. to life in prison for first-degree murder, suspending all but 50 years. Stancil also received a 20-year concurrent sentence for use of a handgun in a crime of violence, prosecutors said.

Stancil was convicted by a jury in October for the July 9, 2003, murder of Edwin Boyd next to a barbershop in the 2300 block of E. Oliver St. Boyd was shot 13 times. He had been cooperating with authorities in the investigation of a May 2003 homicide, and prosecutors said they believe his killing was retaliatory.

10-year term in fatal accident

A 39-year-old man pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of automobile manslaughter and one count of second-degree assault in a fatal accident in East Baltimore, according to city prosecutors.

Steven Richie Craft, 39, of the 6600 block of Loch Hill Road near Hillendale was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with all but seven years suspended, on the manslaughter count. Circuit Judge John M. Glynn also gave Craft a consecutive five-year term on the assault count, but suspended that portion of the sentence.

Prosecutors said that Craft was driving a stolen car July 16 when he hit another car and killed a passenger in it, Cheryl Broadnax, 45. Later that day, prosecutors said, Craft tried to run over a city police officer in the 1900 block of Orleans St.

Man gets 7 years for killing

A 52-year-old man received a seven-year prison sentence yesterday for killing another man with a cane in Hampden, according to the Baltimore state's attorney's office.

Charles Benedict Knott St. of the 1300 block of Clipper Heights Ave. had pleaded guilty in March to voluntary manslaughter in the Sept. 16 death of James Garrett, 56, in the 1000 block of W. 36th St.

Circuit Judge Roger W. Brown sentenced Knott to 10 years in prison, and then suspended all but seven years.

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