Thursday, October 21, 2010
A Baltimore County judge has sentenced a gang member to life in prison for stabbing a Woodlawn man two years ago.
The State’s Attorney’s Office says that Steven Hollis was given a life sentence for the death in 2008 of Steven Parrish.
Hollis and another gang member were ordered to kill Parrish after members of the Blood gang suspected that Parrish was gay.
State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger tells WBAL Radio that Parrish and Hollis were best friends and Hollis stabbed him to death.
Timothy Rawlings was given life in prison without parole for ordering the murder.
Juan Flythe was sentenced to thirty years in prison for his role in the crime.
Shellenberger says the victim’s family was in the courtroom for the trials for all three men and their sentencing hearings.
“As much as they were pleased about the sentencing of Rawlings, who wasn’t even present at the murder but ordered his killing, today was a perplexing day, because how can a man stand up and say that this was my best friend, but yet because a gang leader ordered me to kill him I did that. That really I think cut deeply with the victim’s family,” says Shellenberger.