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Lansdowne man sentenced to life in hatchet killing

A Lansdowne man was sentenced to life without parole in Baltimore County Circuit Court Monday for killing another man by striking him 24 times with a hatchet, according to the state's attorney's office.

Larry Eugene Horton, 37 was found guilty in February of killing Ryan Wesley Jackson on Oct. 12, 2011. His sentence was handed down by Judge Jan Marshall Alexander

Police said Horton killed Jackson inside his rented home on Rambo Court in Lansdowne before taking Jackson's body to the city. Horton fled under an alias and was later arrested in Bayou La Batre, Ala., on Oct.19, 2011.

Jackson's girlfriend reported him missing and relatives told police they last saw Jackson going to Horton's home. After later searching the home, police found blood spatter on the walls and ceiling of the living room. The hatchet was recovered in the garbage.

Horton had claimed he was acting in self-defense when he said Jackson he and Jackson got into a dispute over drugs.

After the hearing, Horton's mother, Kathy Terry, said her son acted in self-defense. "My son fought back for his life," she said. She said Horton is planning to appeal.

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