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4 life sentences for Md. man

A man convicted of ordering a hit that turned into a double murder in suburban Philadelphia has been sentenced to four consecutive life terms plus another 240 months in prison.

Jurors in April convicted 38-year-old Maurice Phillips of Upper Marlboro, Md., of ordering the murder of a witness and an innocent bystander in order to thwart an FBI investigation.

The panel spared him the death penalty, and Wednesday's hearing formalized the life without parole sentence and added additional time for convictions on drug dealing, conspiracy and money laundering charges.

Before he was sentenced, Phillips called the justice system “flawed and tainted” and denied any involvement in the contract murders. Authorities said he headed a “multimillion-dollar cocaine trafficking empire” from 1999 until his arrest in 2007.

-- The Philadelphia Inquirer

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 11, 2010; 5:01 PM ET
Categories:  Around the Nation , From the Courthouse , Pr. George's  
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Cocaine kingpin is guilty of ordering assassination of a witness (and a by-stander) and the jury spares him the death penalty?

The death penalty was designed for offenders like this.

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | August 11, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

This happened in April? Has the Post become a monthly? Or did your subscription to the Philadelphia Enquirer lapse. I say, "lapse!"

Posted by: grnskl76 | August 12, 2010 5:41 AM | Report abuse

Phillips called the justice system “flawed and tainted”...Of course its flawed and tainted because he should have recived the Death penalty!!

Posted by: usc932000 | August 12, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

So if this killer lives for another 38 years, are YOU gonna be happy to contribute to his estimated $1,558,000 prison support costs?

Face it, you Jesus-freaks, this "country" needs to move past the religion-based "human life is sacred" nonsense and execute these types with all possible dispatch.

China does it -- we can, too!

Posted by: kinkysr | August 12, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

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