[Hpn] Life Sentence In Baltimore For Bum Stomping Death

William Charles Tinker wtinker@metrocast.net
Tue, 11 May 2004 18:12:45 -0400


Life Sentence In Baltimore Bum Stomping Case
May 11, 2004

BALTIMORE -- The sentence is life without parole for one of three men
convicted of killing a homeless man in Baltimore in what he and his friends
referred to as "bum stomping."

The sentence came at the end of a two-day hearing for Harold "Jay"

Circuit Court Judge Brook Murdock called Waterbury a danger to the
community. Waterbury gave a tearful, rambling speech denying involvement in
the attack.

A jury convicted him in November in the 2001 slaying of Gerald Holle, a
homeless man from San Francisco.
Earlier Tuesday, another homeless man, Bernard Gorham, testified at the
hearing that he was hit in the head with a champagne bottle and a large
branch by three men as he slept in a cardboard box under a south Baltimore

Gorham said the men told him during the beating that they were called
"knockers" because "we knock people in the head."

The two other men charged in Holle's death had already been sentenced.


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