Baltimore County Men Sentenced To Life Without Parole For 2011 Double Murder, Crime Spree
BALTIMORE COUNTY - Two Baltimore County men were sentenced to consecutive life terms without parole last week for their roles in a 2011 crime spree, which included the murders of Christopher Walker and his son Justin Walker.
According to police, Ameer Gittens, 26, and Derrick Jamison, 27, approached 24-year-old Walker on October 11, 2011, at a Rosedale convenience store and requested a ride.
Prosecutors said that after Walker obliged, Gittens and Jamison produced handguns and proceeded to rob Walker and a friend. The friend was subsequently forced into the car's trunk and restrained with duct tape. Gittens and Jamison then drove Walker to his Rosedale home, intending to rob his father, Christopher Walker.
Their entry into the house was captured on a Ring video camera. Upon entering, they shot Christopher Walker eight times, resulting in his death, and then killed Justin with a single shot to the head.
Christopher's 83-year-old mother was also in the house and was confronted at gunpoint.
The two men fled the scene in Justin Walker's car, later releasing his friend, entirely unclothed, in a residential area of Baltimore City.
The Baltimore County Police Homicide Detectives compiled video footage and fingerprints to identify both suspects. Gittens was arrested less than a month later while in possession of one of the firearms used in the killings.
In April, a jury convicted both men of First Degree Premeditated Murder, Armed Carjacking, Home Invasion, Kidnapping, Armed Robbery, and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence.
At last week's sentencing, Judge Michael J. Finifter described the case as a "reign of terror" carried out with "utter depravity." He praised the police work, labeling it as "sensational," and sentenced the defendants to additional consecutive terms of imprisonment for the kidnapping and the attempted armed robbery of Justin Walker's grandmother.
States Attorney Scott Shellenberger noted that both men had prior convictions involving firearms.
"This case demonstrates the need for serious penalties for handgun-related crimes," Shellenberger said
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