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Essex woman sentenced in gas station owner death

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An Essex woman was sentenced to life imprisonment Monday for supplying the handgun that was used to kill her brother-in-law, a Towson gas station owner, according to the state's attorney's office.

Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Bollinger sentenced Susan M. Datta, 53, for her role in the murder of William "Ray" Porter, who was shot to death at the Hess Gas Station on Joppa Road in Towson on March 1, 2010.

Prosecutors say that Porter's wife, Karla Porter, had paid Walter Bishop to kill her husband. Bishop was previously sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus twenty years.

During her trial, Datta said she borrowed a gun from a friend and gave it to her sister to protect herself. She was found guilty of first-degree murder in Nov. 2010.

Prosecutors say Karla Porter contacted Bishop through her nephew, Seamus Coyle, who was found guilty of first-degree murder. His sentencing is scheduled for June 18.

Matthew P. Brown, who prosecutors said rode with Bishop to the site of the killing, pleaded guilty to a single count of first-degree murder and is currently scheduled for sentencing on June 29.

Calvin Mowers, who prosecutors say drove Bishop to the gas station on the day of the killing, has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and is scheduled for sentencing on July 6.

Karla Porter is scheduled for trial in Carroll County Circuit Court on March 28, 2013.

jkanderson@baltsun.com

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