Michael Hunter, 20, of the 300 block of E. Belvedere Ave. was convicted in September of first-degree murder, three counts of using a handgun in the commission of a crime and armed robbery. Baltimore Circuit Judge Lawrence P. Fletcher-Hill handed down a 70-year sentence but suspended 20 years.
The two men were robbing Yau Brothers about 12:30 a.m. April 8 of last year when they confronted a customer, Charles Bowman, who was waiting for his order of pork yaka mein before starting his overnight shift as a security guard at the Afro-American newspaper.
Police said Bowman, a retired truck driver and Vietnam War veteran, was robbed of $13 before he was shot and killed. Two days later, a 22-year-old man was shot and killed four blocks away, outside a gas station on East 33rd Street.
The killing prompted a crackdown by city police, who flooded the business corridor near the Waverly Farmers' Market and the Johns Hopkins University. The police commissioner led a solidarity march down Greenmount Avenue and led a roll call for more than 50 officers on the street in a demonstration of force.
The Yau Brothers carryout in the 3000 block of Greenmount Ave. has been a source of concern for the neighborhood. It has been the scene of four killings since March 2009, the latest on Oct. 31, Halloween night, when a 52-year-old customer was gunned down during a holdup.
The wife of the latest victim, Freddie Jones Jr., an airport shuttle bus driver, is a cousin of Hunter's, the man who was sentenced Wednesday.