Girlfriend of Severna Park jockey gets 20-year sentence for role in stabbing

She admitted a role in killing of woman, beating potential witness

May 20, 2011|By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun

The girlfriend of a Severna Park jockey was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday for her role in a fatal stabbing and for the beating of a potential witness against the couple.

"Candidly, I don't think you get it. … I think that there are many things that you don't get," Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Ronald A. Silkworth told Danielle Marie Swain, 23, before sentencing her.

Debra Lynn Gill, 52, was killed last May 29 in the parking lot of her Pasadena apartment; her boyfriend, Clayton Baublitz, was injured.

Prosecutors said Swain and Gill had exchanged words earlier that night at Linda's Bar in Glen Burnie. That prompted Swain, with her boyfriend, 22-year-old jockey Francis Eugene Adams, in the passenger seat, to follow the couple. Adams attacked the pair in Gill's car while Swain waited.

Adams is serving 50 years in prison for first-degree murder. Swain pleaded guilty to being an accessory in exchange for the maximum sentence of five years. The remainder of her sentence was imposed as punishment for other crimes.

Two weeks before the attack against Gill and Baublitz, Swain had broken into the home of a former boyfriend's family. She also beat a potential witness to the fatal stabbing in December, and the beating was captured on the county jail's security cameras.

In April, Swain pleaded guilty to fourth-degree burglary, assault and witness retaliation. In addition to the prison sentence, Silkworth ordered Swain to carry a photo of Gill with her once she is released on probation.

Gill's family described her as an exemplary and much-missed mother.

Swain asked Silkworth for an opportunity to rebuild her life. Her attorneys said she has an eighth-grade education, grew up in a troubled home and that her almost one-year in jail was the longest period of time she'd been sober since she was 11 years old.

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