Middle River man sentenced to life in prison for 'execution' outside Catonsville apartment
TOWSON, Md. (WBFF) — A Middle River man was sentenced to serve life in prison for killing a Baltimore man in 2020 outside a Catonsville apartment complex.
Jaekwan Jacob Stephens, 25, was found guilty in March. At the setencing hearing, Judge Mickey Norman called the killing an execution.
Prosecutors said Stephens, 25, of Middle River, shot and killed Charles Green, 27, of Baltimore, in the early morning hours of Aug. 18, 2020, outside an apartment complex in the 200 block of Garden Ridge Road.
Police at the time said Stephens and Green got into argument inside an apartment with several other people. When they stepped outside to settle the dispute, Stephens pulled a gun and shot Green in the back of the head, prosecutors said. Green fell to the ground, but Stephens continued to fire his weapon, the prosecutor said.
Officers responding to the scene found Green lying on a lawn with multiple gunshot wounds. According to an autopsy, Green was 14 times in his torso, head and legs.
Prosecutors said Stephen fled in a car before police arrived. Officers found him hiding in a closet inside his home nine days later.
"Mr. Green was the father of four young children who will now not have him in their lives,” Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger said.