A Baltimore man was sentenced in Carroll County Circuit Court Tuesday to 25 years with out the potential for parole for robbing and imprisoning his 77-year-old former housemate in Westminster.
Andre Lane, 51, had been discovered responsible in October of false imprisonment, theft with a lethal weapon, theft, conspiracy, second-degree assault and theft over $1,500 associated to an April 25, 2019, incident in Westminster.
The incident occurred on the dwelling of Robert Litwin, 87 W. Green St. Litwin was 77 on the time, and has since died of pure causes, in response to a information launch from the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Charging paperwork gave the next account:
Lane and his spouse, Beth Sattizahn-Lane, had rented rooms in Litwin’s dwelling, however in early April 2019, the Lanes “were no longer welcome” to stay there. On April 25, 2019, the Lanes got here to Litwin’s dwelling and the three started to argue. Lane struck Litwin with a handgun then caught it in his mouth and knocked out one in all his enamel. The Lanes ordered Litwin to the basement of the house and tied him to a chair utilizing bungee cords, zip ties and different gadgets. The couple took $600 from Litwin and left him certain within the basement blocking the basement door with a chair.
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Litwin was unable to free himself for nearly 9 hours. Once he broke free, Litwin went to a neighbor’s home for assist. Litwin suffered important bruising, extreme swelling to his arms, legs and arms, accidents to his arms from the zip ties, cuts on his face and mouth, and damaged enamel. The Lanes had been arrested eight days after the incident at a lodge in North Carolina and had been extradited to Carroll County in May 2019.
Investigators decided that Andre Lane was prohibited from possessing a handgun or ammunition of any type as a result of he was beforehand convicted of felonies, together with theft.
Sattizahn-Lane testified as a cooperating witness in opposition to her husband throughout his trial. She pleaded responsible to conspiracy to commit theft and in alternate for her testimony was sentenced to 10 years in jail, with all however the time she had already served (about 2½ years) suspended, in response to a information launch. She was additionally sentenced to 5 years of supervised probation.
Carroll County State’s Attorney Allan Culver recommended the Westminster Police Department’s investigation of the incident.
Culver mentioned he’s assured that the sentence imposed by Judge Barry Hughes was becoming, and that it was obligatory to guard the protection of the group.
Lane’s legal professional didn’t reply to a request for remark.