Man sentenced in '06 killing

CRIME WATCH

May 20, 2008

A Baltimore Circuit Court judge sentenced a 22-year-old city man to life plus 30 years in prison yesterday in the 2006 drowning and dismemberment of a man with whom he had shared a house, according to the city state's attorney's office.

Octavius Savage was convicted by a jury April 10 of second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, in addition to other charges, in the death of Donald Raymond Russell, 64, inside a house in the 1400 block of N. Dukeland St. in West Baltimore. Russell's partial remains were found in Prince George's and Charles counties.

Prosecutors said that Russell was drowned in an upstairs bathroom, and then his body was cut in half and boxed in two storage bins, one of which was left in Prince George's County and the other in Charles. Before killing him, prosecutors said, Savage and his then-girlfriend bound and gagged the victim, and stole his cash and his ATM and credit cards.

The girlfriend, Tiffany Natasha Brown, 22, pleaded guilty in August to conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and received a sentence of 15 to 20 years. Under the plea, she agreed to testify against Savage.

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