Edgewood man gets 25 years in killing

CRIME WATCH

August 26, 2006

A 23-year-old Edgewood man was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison yesterday for his role in the 2001 killing of an 18-year-old man kidnapped from Baltimore, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Andrew Corprew had pleaded guilty June 5, 2005, in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to causing a person's death with a firearm in a violent crime, according to federal prosecutors.

Prosecutors said that a decomposing body -- later identified as Gerald Hale III -- was found Feb. 13, 2002, near the Van Bibber Winters Run Water Treatment Facility on the Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Investigators determined that Hale was shot in the head and that his body had been left there several months earlier.

In his plea, Corprew admitted to being present when Hale was kidnapped at Boone and 20th streets Oct. 24, 2001, and that he was in the car with three others when they drove around Harford County.

After Hale was killed in the wooded area, Corprew drove the others back to his apartment and helped them stash the gun.

The gun was hidden in some bushes, where it was found by a young child. Maryland State Police used ballistics tests to match the gun to a bullet from Hale's body, federal prosecutors said.

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