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Convicted rapist pleads guilty to two murders, sentenced

A 44-year-old man convicted two months of raping one woman and trying to rape another was sentenced today to life in prison -- with all but 50 years suspended -- after pleading guilty to killing two other women in 2003.

“The defendant targeted defenseless, vulnerable young women facing challenges such as

mental issues, addiction, and poverty," State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein said in a statement. "He believed that these women were expendable and that we wouldn’t pursue their killer with vigor because of their backgrounds. He was wrong on both counts. Nobody in our city is invisible, second class, or beneath our concern."

The killer, William Vincent Brown, from Gwnn Oak, dumped the bodies, and a third victim he tried to kill, in Leakin Park. The closure of this case helps shed light on a series of attacks that occurred several years ago. The Sun's Tricia Bishop documented the case in January, and her report can be found here.

More details from a statement issued by Bernstein's office:

WILLIAM V. BROWN PLEADS GUILTY TO TWO MURDERS

Already convicted of second-degree attempted murder and second-degree rape, 44-year-old

to serve 50 years in prison Less than two months after being convicted for raping and attempting to kill a woman, William Vincent Brown pled guilty to two additional murders.

For the three crimes, Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Timothy Doory sentenced Brown today to life in prison with all but 50 years suspended. During a three-month period in 2003, Brown, 44, murdered Antania Mills, raped and disfigured Wendy Davis, and killed Emma O’Hearn, according to evidence presented at the defendant’s trial involving the attack on Ms. Davis and Brown’s subsequent plea of guilty to the two murders.

Just 15 years old at the time, Mills was discovered on March 7, 2003, along the side of the road, nude with a shirt wrapped tightly around her neck, shoe strings and a cloth belt binding her ankles. The cause of death was blunt force trauma and asphyxiation. One month later, Davis was found unconscious in Leakin Park by employees of the Baltimore Department of Parks and Recreation.

So severe were her injuries that she required reconstructive surgery to both ears and physical therapy to learn to eat again. A Baltimore City Circuit court jury convicted Brown in January 2011 of second-degree attempted murder and second-degree rape for his attack on Davis.

In June 2003, O’Hearn, barely conscious and severely beaten, was located by two students on the grounds of Calverton Middle School. She ultimately died from the severe head trauma she suffered.

“The defendant targeted defenseless, vulnerable young women facing challenges such as mental issues, addiction, and poverty. He believed that these women were expendable and that we wouldn’t pursue their killer with vigor because of their backgrounds. He was wrong on both counts. Nobody in our city is invisible, second class, or beneath our concern,” said State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein, who filed a Sentencing Memorandum with the Court.

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