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Jury to determine penalty for Pr. George's man who called in hit

A federal jury must now decide if a Maryland man deserves the death penalty for hiring a hit man to kill a Philadelphia-area woman who laundered money for his multimillion-dollar cocaine ring.

The penalty phase begins Monday in the murder-for-hire trial of 38-year-old Maurice Phillips, of Upper Marlboro.

A federal jury in Philadelphia convicted him last week of orchestrating the murder of 50-year-old Chineta Glanville in 2002 because she was cooperating with investigators.

Prosecutors say Phillips paid his cousin $16,000 to kill Glanville in her Wyndmoor home. Her godson, Dane King, was also killed.

Phillips was also convicted of running a $31 million drug operation that moved cocaine from Texas to the eastern seaboard.

If not sentenced to death, Phillips will spend life in prison.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 19, 2010; 8:10 AM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Pr. George's  
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This is a perfectly good use for the death penalty. Of course those whose lives have never been affected by a murder would take the politically correct route and say it is cruel punishment. Political correctness needs to take a back seat and severe punishment needs to be placed in the forefront of the legal process along with mandatory minimum sentences so liberal judges cannot prostitute the legal punishment process.

Posted by: OhBrother67 | April 19, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Fry him. There's no use for him in society.

Posted by: jabreal00 | April 19, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, like MD would ever actually use the death penalty. Now if this were TX or VA we could have a discussion, but MD? Why bother?

Posted by: ronjaboy | April 19, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

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