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Baltimore man sentenced in extortion case that ended in killing

Baltimore man sentenced in extortion case that ended in killing

A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a Baltimore man to more than 30 years in prison for extorting money from a man who failed to fully repay a debt and was later fatally shot, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement.

Matthew Hightower, 34, received 380 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for collection of a debt by extortionate means, and use of interstate facilities for extortion resulting in death of David Wutoh in Baltimore County in 2013.

Hightower worked as a delivery driver for co-defendant Harry Crawford, who owned RX Resources and Solutions. Crawford, 56, of Baltimore, asked Hightower to lend his longtime friend, Wutoh,...

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