Teen Sentenced 115 Years For 2010 Murder, Assault & Handgun Violations

LANSDOWNE, Md. (WJZ)— A Baltimore County teen has been sentenced to 115 years in prison for a fatal shooting in 2010.

Sterlin Matthews, 19, of Lansdowne was convicted on Oct. 25, 2012 by a jury of the murder of Dequan Burks in the Baltimore County Circuit Court.

Dequan Burks, 16, was with a group of teenagers on Oct. 31, 2010 in Lansdowne.  The group crossed a footbridge into Baltimore Highlands when shots were fired by Matthews.

Burks was shot in the back and died.  Two others were struck by bullets fired by Matthews.

Matthews was convicted of second-degree murder, 11 counts of first-degree assault and three counts of use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence.

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