Man sentenced in shooting of 72-year-old at carryout

First of two men accused of murder pleads guilty, sentenced to life

April 11, 2011|By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun

A Baltimore man was sentenced on Monday to life in prison with all but 35 years suspended for his role in an armed robbery at a Waverly carryout last April in which a 72-year-old man was shot to death.

Troy Taylor, 19, of the 2700 block of Fenwick Ave. pleaded guilty in Baltimore City Circuit Court to first-degree murder, the use of a handgun in the commission of a crime, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and other charges in the holdup that took place about midnight at the Yau Bros. carryout at 29th Street and Greenmount Avenue.

His co-defendant, Michael Hunter, 20, of the 300 block of E. Belvedere Ave. is scheduled to stand trial in June. A statement from the Baltimore City State's Attorney says Hunter "allegedly shot and killed one of the customers."

Charles Bowman was killed in the robbery. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Bowman stopped at the carryout regularly on the way to his job as an overnight security guard at the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper. Police said the stickup on April 8 netted the suspects $13.

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