Harford teen gets life term in killing

July 06, 2006|By JUSTIN FENTON | JUSTIN FENTON,SUN REPORTER

A Harford County teen who pleaded guilty to killing a member of a rival gang in a fight last summer was sentenced to life in prison yesterday.

Donta Maurice Bain, who turned 18 last month and had been charged as an adult in the August 2005 killing, received the maximum sentence from Harford Circuit Court Judge Thomas E. Marshall.

Prosecutors said Bain, of Havre de Grace, stabbed Brandon Jacob Clayton Gregory, 20, in the chest during an altercation in the 1700 block of Dearwood Court in Edgewood. He later turned himself in after speaking with his mother and members of his church.

Bain read an apology yesterday to Gregory's family before Marshall handed down the sentence, according to Assistant State's Attorney Robin Coffin.

Bain had had several brushes with the law in the months before Gregory's stabbing. In July 2005, he told officers that the red bandana in his back pocket represented the "Bloods" gang he joined the year before while living in Baltimore.

Harford authorities have called recent convictions victories over gang violence and witness intimidation. Last month, Marshall sentenced Wayne Lavon Bond Jr., 18, to life plus 60 years in prison for his role in the killing of an Edgewood cab driver that was part of a gang initiation rite. A 21-year-old accomplice received a 45-year sentence in exchange for testifying against Bond.

However, a week after a jury convicted Bond, a 15-year-old was shot in the chest in a gang-related incident in Aberdeen, and violence that police say had gang overtones marred last weekend's Havre de Grace Independence Day carnival.

justin.fenton@baltsun.com

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