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Bosley, Wheeler convicted of first-degree murder

Two Carroll County men were convicted of first-degree murder in 2017 in the death of Kandi Gerber.

In April, Robert Theodore Bosley, 40, formerly of New Windsor, was convicted of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, first-degree assault and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault.

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In October, Bret Michael Wheeler, 26, formerly of New Windsor, was found guilty of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, first-degree assault, conspiracy to commit first-degree assault and accessory after first-degree murder.

First-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of life without the possibility of parole.

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The co-conspirators were found guilty of killing Gerber, Wheeler’s fiancee, on Aug. 8, 2016. Circuit Court Chief attorney Allan Culver called Gerber's death "brutal, vicious and senseless" during closing arguments in the Bosley trial.

Bosley’s case went to the jury after 4 ½ days of testimony and arguments. On the second day of deliberations, the jury returned a guilty verdict. Wheeler’s trial included roughly five days of testimony and arguments and then some 10 hours of jury deliberations before the guilty verdict.

Bosley, who was on work release at the time of the killing, was sentenced to the highest sentence available in Maryland, life without parole, on Dec. 5 during a sentencing hearing in which Gerber’s family delivered victim impact statements. He received an additional life sentence to be served concurrently for a charge of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

“The savagery that you inflicted on this young woman is unspeakable,” Carroll County Circuit Court Judge Barry Hughes said to Bosley before he read the sentence. “I’m outraged by what you did. This community is outraged by what you did.”

Wheeler has a sentencing hearing scheduled for Jan. 18, according to electronic court records.


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