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August 25, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EDGEWOOD MAN SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS IN PRISON FOR MURDER
Victim’s Body Found on Aberdeen Proving Ground Property
BALTIMORE, Maryland - Antawan Corprew, age 23, of Edgewood, was sentenced today to 25 years in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release for causing a person’s death through the use of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to the statement of facts presented at his guilty plea on June 8, 2005, on February 13, 2002, federal marine and wildlife officials found a decomposing body near the Van Bibber Winters Run Water Treatment Facility, which is part of the Aberdeen Proving Ground. The cause of death was determined to be gunshot wounds to the head, which the medical examiner believed occurred two to six months previously. The body was identified as that of Gerald Hale III, who was 18 years old at the time of his death.
Investigation showed that on October 24, 2001, Hale was kidnaped from the intersection of Boone and 20th Streets in Baltimore City, Maryland. On that day, Corprew left his apartment with an individual and got into a car occupied by two others and Hale. Corprew told investigators that after driving around Harford County, all four individuals got out of the car. Corprew admitted that he was present in the wooded area where Hale was murdered. Corprew described the gun used in the murder as a black 38 with brown tape on the handle. After the shooting, he drove the individuals back to his apartment, where they stashed the gun. Corprew stated that he gave the gun to a neighbor, who in turn gave the gun to another person who attempted to hide it in some bushes near Corprew’s apartment. The gun was discovered by a young child. The child’s mother called the Maryland State Police who took custody of the firearm. A subsequent ballistics test on the firearm matched one of the bullets removed from the victim’s body to the gun.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Harford County Sheriff’s Office for their investigative work in this case. Mr. Rosenstein also praised Assistant United States Attorneys Christopher J. Romano and John F. Purcell, who prosecuted the case.
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