Jessica Anderson, writing for the Baltimore Sun, relates a Halloween story involving one 19-year-old trick-or-treater who wanted to do more than just scare people. Donning a “Hellraiser” mask with protruding pins, he went out with his friends with a pistol in his pocket and ended up shooting three people from the Cherry Hill and Riverview neighborhoods in Baltimore City, one of whom died.
Ultimately, after a recent trial (the state’s second attempt to convict the teen) a second-degree murder charge stuck. Sentencing is scheduled for just after the New Year. As Anderson reports, the 19-year-old faces a staggering 340 years behind bars for the second-degree conviction, as well as convictions on 11 other unspecified charges.
The 19-year-old’s case took a turn for the worse after prosecutors introduced as evidence recorded jailhouse phone calls. The teen had called people who were to testify as witnesses in his case, warning them off. Needless to say, prosecutors said that one witness was “reluctant to appear in court” after the phone calls.
Despite a lack of any direct physical evidence linking the teen to the violent crime, the jailhouse phone calls are what “sank” his case, according to the defense attorney. He added that recorded jailhouse calls are more and more common.