A Rosedale man was sentenced Monday to life imprisonment for arranging a meeting between his aunt and the man she hired to kill her husband.
Seamus Anthony Coyle, who turned 30 last week, was sentenced by Baltimore County Circuit Judge Thomas Bollinger for connecting Karla Porter with Walter Bishop, whom Porter hired to kill her husband, according to the Baltimore County state's attorney's office.
Porter's husband, William "Ray" Porter, was shot to death by Bishop at the Hess gas station on Joppa Road in Towson on March 1, 2010. Bishop has been convicted and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus 20 years for his role.
Prosecutors said Karla Porter and Coyle met with Bishop, Coyle's best friend, whom he had known since he was 5 years old, in a Walmart parking lot the month before the killing. There, Porter and Bishop exchanged phone numbers. Several weeks later, prosecutors said, Coyle arranged and attended another meeting at the Bel-Loc Diner in Parkville.
Prosecutors had said Coyle and Porter pressured Bishop to kill William Porter. In an interview with a detective, played in court in 2010, Coyle acknowledged helping Karla Porter "find someone to take care of" her request. When the detective asked him to be specific — "to kill Ray?" — Coyle answered, "Yes, sir."
A jury convicted him of first-degree murder and related charges Sept. 20, 2010.
Karla Porter and her husband owned the Hess gas station on East Joppa Road, and according to prosecutors, Karla Porter used her cell phone to lure her husband to the business by staging a false alarm. She then called Bishop, who was driven to the gas station by Calvin Lee Mowers and accompanied by Matthew Philip Brown.
William Porter was shot multiple times in the head and died the following day. Karla Porter had told police the crime had been committed by a man who had held up the business.
She was quoted as having told the other defendants that her husband had been abusive toward her, but prosecutors said previously that there was no evidence of mistreatment.
Brown pleaded guilty to a single count of first-degree murder and is scheduled for sentencing June 29. Mowers has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and is scheduled for sentencing July 6. Karla Porter is scheduled for trial in Carroll County Circuit Court on March 18, 2013.
Susan M. Datta, 53, of Essex, was sentenced to life imprisonment this month for supplying the handgun that was used to kill Porter, her brother-in-law.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun