A Baltimore County judge on Friday denied Nicholas Browning's motion to reduce the four life sentences he received for murdering his parents and two younger brothers at their Cockeysville home.
Browning, now 21, was sentenced five years ago after pleading guilty to four counts of first-degree murder. His attorneys have recently argued that his multiple life sentences were preventing him from getting mental healthtreatment at the Patuxent Institution, which works with youth offenders.
But Judge Thomas J. Bollinger Sr. said he did not believe that the sentence modification would change the circumstances of his incarceration. Browning had asked that he be able to serve all of the terms at the same time, with all but 30 years suspended.
Browning's attorney, Joshua Treem, argued that reducing several of the murder counts "doesn't get him out any earlier" but would make him eligible for treatment. He said Browning still could not be released without the approval of a parole board.
"Nicholas Browning committed what I don't think words can adequately describe as an unfathomable act," Treem said. But Treem said mental health professionals who evaluated Browning had recommended treatment, which could potentially help answer the question of why Browning killed his family members.
Browning shot and killed his father, John, his mother, Tamara, his 14-year-old brother, Gregory, and his 11-year-old brother, Benjamin. Later, Browning told police, he tossed his father's gun into nearby woods and went to a friend's house, where he played video games.