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
Washington Post Editors
August 11, 2010; 5:01 PM ET
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