Federal officer gets 13 years in brother's shooting death

Man claimed he fired into darkness during break-in; witness said two were arguing

March 15, 2011|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

A 38-year-old federal officer convicted by a jury of manslaughter in the shooting death of his half-brother was sentenced last week to 16 years in prison with all but 13 years suspended, records show.

Prosecutors said Curtis Anthony Warren, an Iraq war veteran who worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs, deliberately shot Curtis Anthony Pounds during an argument in the basement of Warren's Northeast Baltimore property where Pounds rented a room.

Warren maintained that he was asleep when he heard a noise and saw two shadowy figures in the basement. He said he fired into the darkness with his personal weapon in self-defense. But another tenant in the home testified that he witnessed Warren argue with Pounds before hearing gunshots.

Warren faced a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Edward Hargadon sentenced him on March 10 to 10 years for the manslaughter conviction, with all but seven years suspended, plus six years on a handgun charge.

justin.fenton@baltsun.com



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