Murderer sentenced to life
Bush convicted of stabbing Southampton woman near home
A judge sentenced Patrick Henry Bush on Thursday to life in prison without parole on a conviction for first-degree murder in the stabbing death last year of Cecelia Darlene Stubbs outside her Southampton home.
“All you had to do was give me $5,000,” Bush said to Stubbs’ family members sitting in the courtroom, after her sister-in-law testified about their loss.
“Now you have that on your conscience,” Bush continued. “Blame this on yourselves. Now look what you have to deal with.”
During Bush’s trial last June, St. Mary’s Assistant State’s Attorney Buffy Giddens said that Stubbs, a 50-year-old caretaker for elderly people, made two “dying declarations” to two different people that Bush was her assailant, as they tried to help her after he had stabbed her 33 times.
Bush also drove overtop of Stubbs with her car before leaving the scene, the prosecutor said, and witness testimony included evidence that Stubbs’ blood was on a knife found in the car when Bush was arrested.
On Thursday, Giddens ask that Bush receive the maximum allowed penalty for his crime.
“Where there is no remorse,” the prosecutor said, “there is no no hope for rehabilitation.”
Bush, a 51-year-old former Waldorf resident, testified at his trial that someone else killed Stubbs, and that evidence that he was trying to get back money he had loaned to Stubbs was a ruse, one he created to conceal their relationship from a more recent girlfriend. Bush said that he was an overnight guest at Stubbs’ home before he witnessed an unknown assailant attack her in her yard,
and that he drove away in her car after grabbing the knife.
Bush chose to stand trial without a jury, and put himself on the witness stand without a lawyer, at the proceeding where St. Mary’s Circuit Judge David W. Densford convicted him of the July 2016 offense.
“His defense was that he didn’t do it,” the judge said Thursday. “That didn’t ring true. What rings true is he doesn’t care.”
In addition to the life prison term, Bush was sentenced to an additional 35 years for robbing Stubbs of her keys and the theft of her car. The judge’s words were followed by handclapping among the members of Stubb’s family.
Dominic Pendleton, an adult son of the slain woman, attended Thursday’s sentencing hearing.
“I’m just glad it’s over with. We’ve got a little bit of closure,” Pendleton said as he stood outside the courtroom, wearing a shirt with the words “Team Stubbs lifetime member.”
“My mother finally got justice,” he said. “It’s not going to bring her back, but we got a little bit of peace.”