Man Gets 50 Years For Armed Carjacking

… Sentence among the last legal acts of chief judge …

By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun

1:40 PM EDT, October 27, 2010

Baltimore Circuit Court Chief Judge John N. Prevas sentenced Antoine Epps, 21, on Monday to 50 years in prison for the armed carjacking and severe beating of a 32-year-old man, who was forced into his own trunk, stripped naked and pistol whipped, according to court records.

It was one of Prevas’ last acts on the bench, occurring hours before a fatal heart attack.

The victim was giving Epps and another man a ride when they turned on him, according to the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office. Epps beat the victim with a handgun, ordered him to get in the trunk, drove for about an hour, then beat him again after demanding he strip, prosecutors said. Epps and the alleged accomplice then took the car and abandoned the victim, the State’s Attorney’s office said; police found him in a “fetal position, bleeding profusely from his head.”

Epps was given a 30-year sentence for armed carjacking and a consecutive 20-year term for using a handgun in a crime of violence, a total term of 50 years. He received an additional 25 years for robbery with a deadly weapon and reckless endangerment, though the judge ordered that those be served concurrently with the other sentences.

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