Two sentenced in 2013 Annapolis murder

January 13, 2014|By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun

Two men have been sentenced in the shooting death of an Annapolis man in January 2013.

Charles Spriggs Jr. was sentenced to two life sentences plus five years for ordering the murder of Howard Durley, while triggerman William Chase was sentenced to a life sentence with all but 55 years suspended, according to the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office.

Spriggs' sentence was handed down by Anne Arundel Circuit Court Judge J. Michael Wachs last Thursday, while Chase was sentenced by Wachs on Friday.

Prosecutors had alleged that Chase and Spriggs went to the home of Spriggs' ex-girlfriend in the Bywater community on Jan. 23, 2013. They confronted Durley, who had just left the home. Spriggs ordered Chase to bring him a gun, and when Chase handed the gun to Spriggs, he gave it back and ordered Chase to shoot Durley, according to prosecutors.

Chase shot Durley in the chest, chased him and then shot him in the head, prosecutors said.

Chase, 20, of Prince George's County, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder last summer and testified at Spriggs' November trial. Spriggs, 26, of Annapolis, was convicted of first-degree murder, use of a handgun during a violent crime, carrying a handgun and conspiracy to commit murder.

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