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By Kelly Gilbert and Kelly Gilbert,Evening Sun Staff | March 21, 1991
Federal prosecutors say they will seek a maximum prison term of life without parole for Baltimore heroin distributors Linwood R. "Rudy" Williams and his nephew, Namond Williams.A U.S. District Court jury convicted the Williamses and five others yesterday of a variety of heroin-related conspiracy, drug-distribution, money-laundering and weapons charges. The verdict came in the 66th day of the trial, after nearly 12 days of deliberation.Rudy Williams was convicted of eight charges. But the panel found him not guilty of a "superkingpin" charge that would have dictated life imprisonment with no parole.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | April 2, 1998
A Mount Airy man convicted last year of drunken driving while on a horse dropped his appeal yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court.William B. Bell, 38, was convicted in October in District Court and received a 30-day suspended sentence and three years probation. He had pleaded not guilty, but Judge Marc G. Rasinsky found him guilty.Bell appealed the conviction to Circuit Court.William Purpura, a Baltimore attorney who represented Bell in the appeal, said his client thought he could drink and ride a horse, but doing so was a violation of the motor vehicle law."
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By Steven Kivinski and John Harris III and Steven Kivinski and John Harris III,Staff writers | November 14, 1991
Cross country runners Scott Boetig of Old Mill and Fran Mackney of Severna Park have more in common than either probably realize.The two seniors each captured first place in the county and region meets before falling short in last week's state meet at Western Maryland College.Despite their lower finishes at Saturday's running of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association cross country championships, Boetig and Mackney, share a common bond in their selections as this year's Anne Arundel County Sun Male and Female Runners of the Year.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | April 29, 2000
A former $120,000-a-year computer programmer was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison yesterday for soliciting an undercover agent he believed was a child, receiving an unusually high sentence because he intended to film a minor in sexual poses with a digital camera, prosecutors said. Michael Perry, 52, of New York City received roughly five times the sentence he ordinarily would have for traveling across state lines to have sex with a minor. Perry was arrested Sept. 16 at a Columbia bookstore, where he went expecting to meet "Amy," a 14-year-old girl he met in America Online chat rooms.
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | April 23, 1999
A Pennsylvania man was convicted of second-degree murder yesterday and sentenced to 30 years in prison for the 1982 contract murder of his younger brother in Cockeysville.David Crist, 41, had faced the death penalty on first-degree murder charges in the slaying of Scott C. Crist, 22, who was fatally shot in his apartment complex parking lot.Defense attorney William B. Purpura, who tried the case in Bel Air on a change of venue with lawyer Arcangelo M. Tuminelli, said they were "extremely pleased" with the verdict, considering that their client could have faced the death penalty.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | August 1, 1996
The cousin of a man who is on death row for the October murder of a Maryland state trooper on the Eastern Shore is expected to plead guilty this morning in federal court in Baltimore for his role in the crime in exchange for a 20-year sentence.In an agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office, William Smith Lynch will plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and the use of a weapon in a drug conspiracy leading to death, said his attorney, William B. Purpura.Lynch, 21, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was charged along with his cousin, Ivan Lovell of Manteo, N.C., in the Oct. 17 slaying of Tfc. Edward Plank Jr. during a routine traffic stop on U.S. 13 near Princess Anne.
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By Gail Gibson and Gail Gibson,SUN STAFF | February 5, 2004
In one scene, a baby girl toddles along the sidewalk as cocaine dealers hustle and count their cash around her. In another, kids with books and backpacks trundle off a school bus amid the steady exchange of drugs and money outside their homes. Federal prosecutors say this was the front-step drug trade in West Baltimore's Lexington Terrace neighborhood, named for the public housing high-rises that once loomed above it. In court this week, they showed video surveillance tapes to jurors hearing a federal death penalty case that grew from those streets.
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By Sarah Koenig and Sarah Koenig,SUN STAFF | September 25, 2001
Characterizing the crimes as evil, a circuit judge sentenced three men yesterday to life in prison without parole for the 1999 murders of five women in a Northeast Baltimore rowhouse, the city's worst mass killing in more than a decade. Ismael Malik Wilson, 29, Travon McCoy, 23, and Robert Bryant, 24, appeared before Judge William Quarles separately, each receiving five consecutive life sentences without parole (one for each victim), another life sentence for conspiracy to commit murder and an additional 110 years for other crimes related to the murders.
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By STEVEN KIVINSKI | November 18, 1997
Coach of the YearEd Purpura, Severna Park: In his 10th season as coach, Purpura led Severna Park's girls team to its 12th county title in 14 years. The Falcons ended the season by winning the region championship and finishing second behind Dulaney in the Class 4A state meet. "The girls were disappointed about last year [when Arundel swept the county titles] and they really wanted to prove that it was a fluke. There was a lot of emotion and anxiety pent up over the entire year, and they really let it loose at the county meet," Purpura said.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2013
A Baltimore County jury on Tuesday rejected a White Marsh woman's claim that the only way to end years of spousal abuse was to hire a hit man to kill her husband. The jury, composed of nine women and three men, convicted Karla Porter of first-degree murder in a case that tested the scope of self-defense arguments. The 51-year-old defendant stood stoically in a dark pant suit with her long red hair tightly braided as the jury foreman read the verdict, which could send her to prison for the rest of her life without the possibility of parole.
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