Friday, October 21, 2011

Life + 20

for John Wagner.

A press release from the SAO (and look, I can paste it!)
JOHN WAGNER RECEIVES LIFE PLUS 20 YEARS FOR THE MURDER AND
ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY OF A JOHNS HOPKINS RESEARCHER

Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Charles Peters sentenced John Wagner today to Life plus 20 consecutive years for the murder and attempted armed robbery of Johns Hopkins Researcher Stephen Pitcairn.

Pitcairn was fatally stabbed in July of 2010 as he walked home from Penn Station along St. Paul Street.

“We continue to express our deepest condolences to the Pitcarin family and all of Stephen's friends. While the verdict and sentence cannot bring him back, we hope that his family and friends will find some measure of closure in the result.” State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein said. “This case is representative of the State's Attorney's Office continued efforts to successfully prosecute repeat violent offenders, and thereby make Baltimore a safer place."

Assistant State’s Attorney Josh Felsen prosecuted the case.

Co-Defendant Lavelea Merritt’s sentencing is scheduled on November 7, 2011.

4 comments:

UpperFells said...

Good riddance, John Wagner. Sadly, this sentence is one conviction too late.

Cockeysville said...

All because he wanted nice things (which he saw in hip hop videos as a necessity to be accepted) and didn't want/was never taught/or was too impatient to work to earn them. Well, John Wagner wanted stuff for free, so how about free room/board/meals for life? Sweet deal, huh? The only sad part of this is that the taxpayer forks the bill for this rodent to stay alive. Mr. Wagner, you will not be missed.

Mr. Mephistopheles said...

If Pat Jessamy were still our state's attorney, she probably would have asked for a life sentence with all but 25 years suspended- thus making him eligible for parole in 15.

Good riddance, John Wagner AND Pat Jessamy!

mj said...

Cockeysville, his accomplice testified they were going out to rob someone to buy crack. Maybe instead of watching hip hop videos he was reading Bill Clegg's memoir.