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By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,Sun reporter | July 8, 2008
An Anne Arundel County man was sentenced yesterday to 18 years in prison for fatally stabbing his wife - while at least one of their children watched, prosecutors said - in the kitchen of their Brooklyn Park home over allegations that she was having an affair. Soman N. Thamby, 51, who pleaded guilty in May to second-degree murder in the killing of Lesa Lynn Thamby, 35, slouched in his chair, his head cast downward, as he listened to victim impact statements from his oldest child and his wife's family before his sentencing.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Peter.hermann@baltsun.com | December 23, 2009
For Baltimore's police commissioner, the death of Michael Sidney Guest Jr. offered a perfect opportunity to rail against the criminal justice system. Police said Guest shot two people in the legs outside a court building in South Baltimore's Brooklyn neighborhood on the afternoon of Dec. 14 and, in turn, was fatally shot by an officer. The 32-year-old Guest had a long criminal record that began when, at age 15, he pointed a revolver at his best friend's head and pulled the trigger.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,sun reporter | December 13, 2006
A former correctional officer convicted of stomping a detainee to death at the downtown jail was sentenced to 20 years in prison yesterday, a term criticized as too short by the victim's family and as excessive by people close to the suspect who argued that the guard was framed. Dameon C. Woods was found guilty two months ago in Baltimore Circuit Court of second-degree murder in the brutal beating of Raymond K. Smoot in May 2005 inside his cell at the state-run Central Booking and Intake Center.
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By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,melissa.harris@baltsun.com | July 9, 2009
A 19-year-old East Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday to 25 years in prison for executing his 14-year-old girlfriend, whom he had known for only a few weeks, by shooting her in her right temple at close range. During the emotional hearing, in which Charles Jakes pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and a gun charge, the victim's mother pounded her fists on a bench and screamed at the defendant: "Nothing you say will bring my child back. ... Read the Bible. You reap what you sow." Jakes apologized to Shaundretta Griffin's family but his face conveyed no emotion.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | July 2, 1999
ROCKVILLE -- A Takoma Park teen-ager was found guilty yesterday on three counts of automobile manslaughter in an accident last July that killed his best friend, a classmate and a father of three. Michael Schoenfeld, 17, showed no emotion as Montgomery District Judge Eric Johnson announced the verdict. Family members and friends of the victims and Schoenfeld filled every seat, stood shoulder to shoulder and sat cross-legged on the floor of the tiny courtroom. As the judge read his opinion, looks of relief spread across the faces of each victim's family, their shoulders sagged as they exhaled, and then they turned and hugged.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | January 11, 2002
SOMETIME BETWEEN now and the end of the month, Kenneth Feinberg will finalize his plan to give thousands of people millions of dollars. This will make many of those people very angry. Truth is, they've already heard the plan in its preliminary form and the response has been ... well, let's call it less than enthusiastic. Beth Murphy, for one, said it made her want to vomit. Ms. Murphy is one of thousands of people who lost a family member - in her case, a husband - on Sept. 11. Just before Christmas, Mr. Feinberg, a Washington attorney named by the government to administer a multibillion-dollar fund for victims of the terrorist attack and their families, revealed how he proposes to split that money among Ms. Murphy and other survivors.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Peter.hermann@baltsun.com | December 23, 2009
For Baltimore's police commissioner, the death of Michael Sidney Guest Jr. offered a perfect opportunity to rail against the criminal justice system. Police said Guest shot two people in the legs outside a court building in South Baltimore's Brooklyn neighborhood on the afternoon of Dec. 14 and, in turn, was fatally shot by an officer. The 32-year-old Guest had a long criminal record that began when, at age 15, he pointed a revolver at his best friend's head and pulled the trigger.
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February 9, 2008
A 37-year-old man has been sentenced to life plus 20 years in prison for fatally shooting a man on Greenmount Avenue in East Baltimore in 2005, according to city prosecutors. Raymond Handy of the 500 block of E. 30th St. also received a 14-year sentence, to be served consecutively, for violating terms of his probation from a 2002 drug distribution conviction, of which he had served one year of a 15-year sentence. Prosecutors said Handy shot Mark C. Jones, 40, in the 5900 block of Greenmount Ave.
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By Kelly Gilbert and Kelly Gilbert,Evening Sun Staff | December 11, 1990
A federal jury has awarded $1.8 million in compensatory damages to the family of a Perry Hall man who died as the result of injuries he suffered in a construction accident at Fort Meade in early 1987.The jury made the award to Frances Clark, the victim's wife, and her two daughters last week in a product-liability case that stemmed from the accident at the site of a National Security Agency building.James Booker Clark, the victim, suffered irreversible brain damage and other major injuries when a metal bushing fractured on the high-pressure hydraulic hose he was straddling as he tried to change it to correct a blockage.
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By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,Sun Staff Writer | August 23, 1995
When justice finally was done for John Doe, no family members came to the courtroom to see his killer sentenced to eight years in prison. No one stood to tell Judge Elsbeth L. Bothe yesterday how they grieved for the young man who died from two stab wounds to the chest, surrounded by about 15 adversaries on a South Baltimore street.That's because two years after his death, no one has been able to figure out the name of the man who died that night. Not even Brian K. Abrams, 25, who yesterday pleaded guilty to manslaughter with the victim's knife.
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By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,Sun reporter | July 8, 2008
An Anne Arundel County man was sentenced yesterday to 18 years in prison for fatally stabbing his wife - while at least one of their children watched, prosecutors said - in the kitchen of their Brooklyn Park home over allegations that she was having an affair. Soman N. Thamby, 51, who pleaded guilty in May to second-degree murder in the killing of Lesa Lynn Thamby, 35, slouched in his chair, his head cast downward, as he listened to victim impact statements from his oldest child and his wife's family before his sentencing.
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February 9, 2008
A 37-year-old man has been sentenced to life plus 20 years in prison for fatally shooting a man on Greenmount Avenue in East Baltimore in 2005, according to city prosecutors. Raymond Handy of the 500 block of E. 30th St. also received a 14-year sentence, to be served consecutively, for violating terms of his probation from a 2002 drug distribution conviction, of which he had served one year of a 15-year sentence. Prosecutors said Handy shot Mark C. Jones, 40, in the 5900 block of Greenmount Ave.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,sun reporter | December 13, 2006
A former correctional officer convicted of stomping a detainee to death at the downtown jail was sentenced to 20 years in prison yesterday, a term criticized as too short by the victim's family and as excessive by people close to the suspect who argued that the guard was framed. Dameon C. Woods was found guilty two months ago in Baltimore Circuit Court of second-degree murder in the brutal beating of Raymond K. Smoot in May 2005 inside his cell at the state-run Central Booking and Intake Center.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | January 11, 2002
SOMETIME BETWEEN now and the end of the month, Kenneth Feinberg will finalize his plan to give thousands of people millions of dollars. This will make many of those people very angry. Truth is, they've already heard the plan in its preliminary form and the response has been ... well, let's call it less than enthusiastic. Beth Murphy, for one, said it made her want to vomit. Ms. Murphy is one of thousands of people who lost a family member - in her case, a husband - on Sept. 11. Just before Christmas, Mr. Feinberg, a Washington attorney named by the government to administer a multibillion-dollar fund for victims of the terrorist attack and their families, revealed how he proposes to split that money among Ms. Murphy and other survivors.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | July 2, 1999
ROCKVILLE -- A Takoma Park teen-ager was found guilty yesterday on three counts of automobile manslaughter in an accident last July that killed his best friend, a classmate and a father of three. Michael Schoenfeld, 17, showed no emotion as Montgomery District Judge Eric Johnson announced the verdict. Family members and friends of the victims and Schoenfeld filled every seat, stood shoulder to shoulder and sat cross-legged on the floor of the tiny courtroom. As the judge read his opinion, looks of relief spread across the faces of each victim's family, their shoulders sagged as they exhaled, and then they turned and hugged.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | February 13, 1996
Apologies weren't enough for the family of Kevin M. Gallagher, who was killed by a rock-thrower in April, and neither was the sentence handed down yesterday in Anne Arundel Circuit Court.After telling Mr. Gallagher's widow he was sorry, Jason W. Wyvill, 17, of the 200 block of Lyons Creek Mobile Estates in Lothian was sentenced to eight years in prison."It just doesn't seem right, eight years for killing my husband," said Lori Gallagher, the victim's widow and mother of their three children -- Daniel, 9, Wesley, 6, and Dylan, 4.But Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. said Wyvill's decision to plead guilty to manslaughter and reckless endangerment Dec. 12 helped the victim's family avoid the ordeal of a trial.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | February 13, 1996
Apologies weren't enough for the family of Kevin M. Gallagher, who was killed by a rock-thrower in April, and neither was the sentence handed down yesterday in Anne Arundel Circuit Court.After telling Mr. Gallagher's widow he was sorry, Jason W. Wyvill, 17, of the 200 block of Lyons Creek Mobile Estates in Lothian was sentenced to eight years in prison."It just doesn't seem right, eight years for killing my husband," said Lori Gallagher, the victim's widow and mother of their three children -- Daniel, 9, Wesley, 6, and Dylan, 4.But Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. said Wyvill's decision to plead guilty to manslaughter and reckless endangerment Dec. 12 helped the victim's family avoid the ordeal of a trial.
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By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,melissa.harris@baltsun.com | July 9, 2009
A 19-year-old East Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday to 25 years in prison for executing his 14-year-old girlfriend, whom he had known for only a few weeks, by shooting her in her right temple at close range. During the emotional hearing, in which Charles Jakes pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and a gun charge, the victim's mother pounded her fists on a bench and screamed at the defendant: "Nothing you say will bring my child back. ... Read the Bible. You reap what you sow." Jakes apologized to Shaundretta Griffin's family but his face conveyed no emotion.
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By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,Sun Staff Writer | August 23, 1995
When justice finally was done for John Doe, no family members came to the courtroom to see his killer sentenced to eight years in prison. No one stood to tell Judge Elsbeth L. Bothe yesterday how they grieved for the young man who died from two stab wounds to the chest, surrounded by about 15 adversaries on a South Baltimore street.That's because two years after his death, no one has been able to figure out the name of the man who died that night. Not even Brian K. Abrams, 25, who yesterday pleaded guilty to manslaughter with the victim's knife.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer | October 27, 1993
An Anne Arundel Circuit Court judge yesterday denied a request by convicted killer Brian Arthur Tate to set a release date on his life prison term, a decision that relieved and gratified the victim's family.Judge Raymond G. Thieme said the sentence he imposed last January should not be altered and that Tate's release should be left up to state prison authorities."When and under what circumstances the defendant is to be returned to society is a matter properly for the determination of the parole board," the judge wrote in a one-page decision.
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