Baltimore County Digest


January 09, 2007

Man gets 10 years for shooting in mall

A 20-year-old East Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison for firing a gun in White Marsh Mall early last year.

Daniel A. Brown pleaded guilty in November to first-degree assault and a handgun charge for firing a round from his .22-caliber, long-rifle handgun Jan. 5, 2006. No one was injured and investigators could not determine what the bullet struck before landing near the upper-level entrance to Sears.

The shooting followed a brief scuffle among Brown, a pair of his friends and another group of young men.

"We're dealing with almost a nightmarish situation," prosecutor John Cox said, referring to the crowds of shoppers who could have been hit.

Brown apologized in court to "all the innocent bystanders who were put in harm's way," to his family and to the court system.

Baltimore County Circuit Judge Thomas J. Bollinger sentenced Brown to five years without the possibility of parole - the state-mandated prison term for handgun offenses. He added a concurrent 10-year term for the assault charge, noting that Brown could be eligible for parole on that charge after five years.

A co-defendant, Jonathan D. Parks, was sentenced in August to four months of home detention for driving the car in which he, Brown and another friend fled White Marsh Mall after the shooting.

Jennifer McMenamin

Milford Mill

Man, 26, sentenced for murder, rape

A 26-year-old man, facing a possible death sentence, has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in exchange for a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Julio Cesar Aguilar-Mendez entered Alford pleas Jan. 2 on charges of murder and rape, according to court records. Through the pleas, he did not admit guilt but acknowledged that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him of raping and killing his girlfriend's sister in February 2005. Tanya Maria Nieves, 30, was strangled at her Milford Mill-area apartment.

Baltimore County Circuit Judge John O. Hennegan sentenced Aguilar-Mendez to a life term in prison with no parole. The case had been scheduled to go to trial yesterday. Prosecutor Jason League said the sentence ensured that the defendant will never be set free and spared Nieves' family the prospect of decades of appeals in a capital case.

Jennifer McMenamin


Motorcycle crash victims identified

A man and woman killed in a motorcycle accident Saturday evening in Essex were identified yesterday as Heath Stone, 35, of the 5800 block of Westwood Ave. in the Overlea area, and Katherine Dambrosia, 33, of the 8000 block of Wallace Drive in Dundalk. Stone was driving a 1998 Harley-Davidson east on Pulaski Highway with Dambrosia as a passenger. Stone's wife, Christine, 40, was driving a 2005 Harley-Davidson in the same direction.

As the two motorcycles approached the Martin Boulevard off-ramp about 6:50 p.m., a 1992 Mercury headed westbound on Pulaski Highway turned in front of them toward Martin Boulevard, police said.

The driver of the Mercury was identified by police as Drew Seekford, 20, of Frostburg. He sustained minor injuries. Christine Stone was not injured, Hill said. An investigation of the accident is continuing, police said.

Laura Barnhardt

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