Baltimore County Digest

April 10, 2008

Man sentenced in 2004 shooting

A Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday in Baltimore County Circuit Court to 30 years in prison in the fatal shooting of a great-grandfather who was walking through his Dundalk neighborhood the night before Halloween in 2004.

Jose Antonio Bassat, 30, was convicted in January of second-degree murder in the death of George Linwood King, 73. The 30-year sentence was the maximum that could have been imposed, prosecutors said.

Bassat was accused of fatally wounding King -- known to his neighbors as "Mister George" -- while shooting at a group of young boys who had been throwing eggs and firing BB guns in the Turners Station neighborhood.

Bassat is serving an eight-year sentence after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in a 2005 Baltimore killing. He will begin to serve his sentence in King's death after he completes his sentence in the Baltimore case, prosecutors said.

Another man charged in King's death, Jose Emmanuel Otero, 24, of Baltimore, was sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty in September to second-degree murder and use of a handgun in a violent crime. Prosecutors said Otero was riding in the sports utility vehicle from which Bassat fired.

Parkville

Police find suspect in teen hit-and-run

County police said yesterday they believe they have identified the man who drove the truck that hit and seriously injured a Parkville High School senior last week on McClean Boulevard.

Bill Toohey, a police spokesman, said the man denied that he was the truck's driver. Toohey said officers talked briefly with the man and plan to interview him again. No charges have been filed and the investigation is continuing, said Toohey.

Michael Thompson, 17, of the 1400 block of Parktrail Road, was in a crosswalk when he was struck at 8:46 p.m. April 1, police said. Witnesses told police that the truck stopped briefly, then continued on McClean Boulevard to Perring Parkway.

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