A federal judge yesterday sentenced Solothal "Itchy Man" Thomas, the West Baltimore hit man who was often accused but rarely convicted in state courts, to life in prison plus 10 years.
Judge Catherine C. Blake was legally required to impose the life sentence after Thomas was convicted over the summer after a jury trial. Thomas' co-defendant, 30-year-old Edward Countess, received the same sentence.
Thomas, 30, had been charged with killing two people and attempting to kill a dozen more as part of his work as an "enforcer" for a large drug organization. But time after time, he won acquittals or pleaded guilty to lesser charges, receiving relatively short stints in prison.