Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

December 13, 2008

Boy, 13, is charged in stabbing of brother, 16

A 13-year-old Rosedale boy was arrested after his 16-year-old brother was stabbed in the abdomen with a kitchen knife Thursday evening during an argument over a PlayStation, Baltimore County police said yesterday. The older boy was taken to Johns Hopkins Children's Center Pediatric Emergency Department, where he was listed in good condition, said Cpl. Michael Hill, a county police spokesman. The stabbing occurred about 5:30 p.m. Thursday at a home in the 7900 block of 33rd St., he said. The 13-year-old was charged with first-degree assault and was sent to the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School, Hill said.

From Baltimore Sun staff reports

Teen's sentencing delayed in family members' killings

The sentencing of 16-year-old Nicholas W. Browning in the fatal shootings of his parents and two younger brothers, which was to have taken place Tuesday, has been postponed. A clerk in the criminal division of Baltimore County Circuit Court said yesterday that no new date had been set for the hearing before Judge Thomas J. Bollinger Sr. The judge was on vacation yesterday, and lawyers in the case are not allowed to talk publicly about it. Browning, an honors student with no prior criminal record, pleaded guilty in October to four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his parents, John and Tamara Browning, and his brothers Gregory, 14, and Benjamin, 11, early on Feb. 2 as they slept in their Cockeysville home. As part of Browning's plea agreement, Baltimore County prosecutors said they will recommend that Browning be sentenced to two consecutive life terms and two concurrent life terms, a sentence that could leave the teenager eligible for a parole hearing after 30 years behind bars. Browning's lawyers said in October that they would recommend their client be sent to the Patuxent Institution, a maximum-security facility in Jessup that offers a program for youthful offenders.

Nick Madigan

Man seriously wounded in Crofton shooting

A 43-year-old man was seriously injured in a shooting, linked, police say, to a restaurant robbery in Crofton last night. Anne Arundel County authorities found the man outside businesses near Route 3 and Martha Greenleaf Drive at 10:30 p.m., said Battalion Chief Matthew Tobia of the county Fire Department. The victim suffered multiple wounds and was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Sara Neufeld

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