Pasadena man again sentenced to life for contract killing of fiancee

First conviction was overturned

January 20, 2012|By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun

A 39-year-old Pasadena man was sentenced to life in prison — for the second time — Thursday in the contract killing of his fiancee 16 years ago, the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced.

Robert Dwayne Harris hired a hit man to stage a robbery and murder Teresa Lynn McLeod, who was shot five times in the back in a Southwest Baltimore parking lot, in order to collect on a $150,000 insurance policy, not knowing he wasn't listed as a beneficiary.

A jury convicted him of the crime in 1997, after hearing testimony that he may have been the actual trigger man after his accomplice got cold feet. He was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years. But the conviction was overturned in 2010, and the case was remanded for a new trial.

A new jury found Harris guilty in the murder Thursday. Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Pamela White sentenced Harris to three consecutive life terms — one of them without the possibility of parole — plus 20 years, prosecutors said.

tricia.bishop@baltsun.com

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