Killer of 2 nightclub employees gets 60 years

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

June 09, 2007

The man convicted of the execution-style double-slaying of two Baltimore nightclub employees was sentenced yesterday to 60 years in prison - the maximum amount of time he could have received for two counts of second-degree murder.

On April 16, 2003, Anthony Jerome Miller, 31, fatally shot Jason M. Convertino, 31, and Sean M. Wisniewski, 22, in a Fells Point apartment in the 1900 block of Gough St. The two men were promoters who had worked for Redwood Trust in downtown Baltimore. A city jury acquitted Miller, of the 4500 block of Runnymeade Road in Owings Mills, of first-degree murder charges but convicted him of second-degree murder.

Julie Bykowicz

Harford County

Belcamp

Edgewood teen dies in U.S. 40 crash

A 17-year old Edgewood youth was killed yesterday after the car he was riding in collided with a tractor-trailer at U.S. 40 and Bata Boulevard in Belcamp, according to the Maryland State Police.

The victim, Timothy Lorenzo Bates Jr. of Edgewood, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The driver of the car, Reginald Andrew Durbin Jr., 18, of Aberdeen, was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Another passenger, Keith Erik Harrison, 18, of Essex, was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

The driver of the tractor-trailer refused medical treatment, police said.

According to police, the crash occurred about 7 p.m. when the tractor-trailer attempted to make a left turn from U.S. 40 onto Bata Boulevard. The truck did not yield the right of way, police said, colliding with a 2002 Hyundai Elantra traveling in the opposite direction on U.S. 40.

Baltimore

Store robbery

Man acquitted in 2006 attack

After his two co-defendants pleaded guilty, the third man accused in last year's bloody Belair-Edison convenience store robbery was acquitted of all charges yesterday by a jury.

Witnesses said that Devin Lamont Crawford, 20, was one of two men brandishing a handgun while robbing Keeper's Market the afternoon of Jan. 4, 2006. Another robber - police identified him as 19-year-old Richard Keith Hardy III - shot the store manager 11 times.

The manager, John Killian, survived and shot at the robbers, striking Hardy and Darryl Z. Thames Jr., 19. Those two men pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder, and both had to testify against Crawford.

Thames is scheduled to be sentenced later this month. Hardy is scheduled for sentencing in early July, but when he took the stand at Crawford's trial, he refused to swear to tell the truth - meaning his plea deal could be voided.

Julie Bykowicz

Homicide

Police investigate fatal shooting

Baltimore police are investigating the shooting death of an unidentified man found last night in the 1900 block of N. Collington Ave. Police received a call about a shooting about 7:30 p.m., said Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman. The man was pronounced dead shortly afterward at Johns Hopkins Hospital, she said. Police did not release the name of the victim. The slaying marks the city's 131st homicide of the year.

Carroll County

State police

Richardson returned as commander

Maryland State Police Lt. Dean Richardson has been returned to the Westminster barracks as its commander, effective yesterday, state police spokesman Greg Shipley said. Richardson, who has been with the state police for 35 years, 28 of them in Westminster, was transferred in April to the McHenry barracks in Garrett County. Richardson had been the Westminster commander since 2004.

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