Man gets life in brother’s killing

Three oth­ers con­victed in mur­der-rob­bery con­spir­acy

Baltimore Sun - - NEWS - By Justin Fen­ton jfen­ton@balt­sun.com

A Bal­ti­more man con­victed of killing his brother af­ter set­ting him up for a rob­bery was sen­tenced this week to life plus 30 years in prison, pros­e­cu­tors said Fri­day.

Bran­don Wilder, 29, was con­victed by a jury in July of fa­tally shoot­ing half brother Ra­mon Wilder in May 2014. Pros­e­cu­tors said at trial that Bran­don Wilder was “less suc­cess­ful” than Ra­mon, who made good money sell­ing drugs and of­ten wooed women away from the de­fen­dant.

Bran­don Wilder got his then-girl­friend Labria Paige to lure Ra­mon Wilder to the 3400 block of Wilkens Ave. in South­west Bal­ti­more, claim­ing she wanted to be with Ra­mon.

When Ra­mon Wilder ar­rived, Bran­don Wilder emerged from the shad­ows and shot him sev­eral times with a re­volver. Ra­mon col­lapsed in a park­ing lot and was left to die while Bran­don and co-con­spir­a­tors un­loaded items from his ve­hi­cle, which was dumped at a ho­tel near BWI Marshall Air­port, po­lice said.

Three oth­ers were con­victed of par­tic­i­pat­ing in the plot, two of whom agreed to tes­tify. Wilder’s de­fense at­tor­ney at trial had ques­tioned their tes­ti­mony, say­ing that their sto­ries had changed and that they were try­ing to re­ceive fa­vor­able sen­tences.

“This in­sen­si­ble and vi­cious mur­der em­pha­sizes the lack of moral ethics killers have when it comes to the value of hu­man life,” State’s At­tor­ney Mar­i­lyn J. Mosby said in a state­ment.

Ra­mon Wilder’s death was part of a se­ries of crimes po­lice linked to the group. Three days be­fore Ra­mon’s killing, po­lice said, Bran­don held up and car­jacked an Oxycon­tin dealer at a shop­ping cen­ter, and two weeks later they say he de­lib­er­ately ran over a man in the Lakeland neigh­bor­hood.

Co-de­fen­dant Theodore Grice, 37, was also sen­tenced Thurs­day to 25 years for his role in Ra­mon Wilder’s death. Ju­rors ac­quit­ted him of par­tic­i­pat­ing in the mur­der, but con­victed him of con­spir­acy and car­jack­ing.

As­sis­tant State’s At­tor­ney Sharon Ruth Hol­back told Cir­cuit Judge Ti­mothy Doory that Grice had a $1,000-a-day drug habit and a long crim­i­nal record.

“He has time and time as­so­ci­ated him­self with crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity — and here we are,” Hol­back said.

But Grice’s de­fense at­tor­ney, Joshua Ins­ley, said his client had only helped Bran­don Wilder try to clean up the mess when a rob­bery be­came a mur­der. Grice had checked the group into a ho­tel and ob­tained fake IDs for them, he said.

“Teddy’s the one peo­ple call when they’re in a” bind, Ins­ley told Doory. “He’s here for be­ing an accessory.”

Grice ad­dressed Ra­mon Wilder’s mother, who at­tended the sen­tenc­ing, say­ing her son “didn’t de­serve to die” and that he was re­morse­ful for poor de­ci­sions he had made.

“I don’t know if I was a cow­ard, or afraid to say ‘no.’ I couldn’t say, ‘I’m not go­ing to help you,’ ” Grice said.

Doory re­jected the ar­gu­ment, say­ing Bran­don Wilder could not have com­mit­ted the crime by him­self, mak­ing Grice re­spon­si­ble.

“You swooped in like a vul­ture and helped them ac­com­plish the rest of this crime,” Doory said in hand­ing down the 25-year sen­tence.

Paige, Bran­don’s then-girl­friend, pleaded guilty to felony mur­der and will re­ceive a 20-year sen­tence in ex­change for her tes­ti­mony, Hol­back said.

An­other par­tic­i­pant, Breauna Diggs, pleaded guilty in the rob­bery, re­ceiv­ing a two-year sen­tence in ex­change for her tes­ti­mony.

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