Convicted Murderer Of Johns Hopkins Researcher Sentenced To More Prison Time

BALTIMORE (WJZ)— The man convicted of murdering a Johns Hopkins researcher received more prison time Friday.

Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge John Addison Howard sentenced John Wagner to more than seven years in prison for violating the terms of his probation when he murdered Stephen Pitcairn.

The probation violation will be served in addition to the life-plus-20-year sentence Wagner received on Oct. 21 for murdering Pitcairn.

Wagner was on probation for a 2008 conviction for second-degree assault at the time of the fatal attack at knifepoint as the researcher walked from Penn Station to his home in Charles Village on July 25, 2010. For the violation, Judge Howard sentenced Wagner to the full balance of his 2008 sentence: seven years, eight months, and six days.

Wagner’s co-defendant, Lavelva Merritt, is scheduled to have a probation violation hearing on Dec. 19. Last month, Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Gale E. Rasin sentenced her to 30 years in prison, 15 of those years suspended, and three years of supervised probation for her participation in the robbery and murder of Pitcairn.

“I commend Judge Howard for imposing the full balance of time and making it consecutive to the murder sentence,” State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein said. “This proceeding reflects our commitment to using absolutely every tool at our disposal to ensure that repeat, violent offenders remain in jail and off of our streets.”

  • Sylvan Finkelstein

    until they walk away from a work detail,or let out of prison thru a stupid mistake

  • Johnny

    Why even waste the money on this creature. Hang him and do it now.

  • zeke

    Effin Coon porch monkey.

    • deez nutz


  • Hope for equal justice

    Now, if only they would give such stiff justice for blacks who kill blacks. Only when a white person is killed by a black is when very harsh sentenses are given and enforced. This convict will never again see the light of day outside of the prison wall because he killed a prominent white male.

    • inmy_opinion

      When will the black community stand up put a stop to black on black crime? Why doesn’t Jesse and Al stay silent when there is black on black crime? It seems that even in the black community, crime is acceptable. Just look at the ‘No Snitch’ rule of the community.

  • Esssexman

    The bottom line is he MURDERED another human being. Period. Stop the whining about equal justice. This animal is getting what he deserved. The days of “Jim Crow” are gone. Bury them.

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