A Carroll man found guilty of killing a New Windsor woman while he was on work release was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for the charge of first-degree murder.
Robert Theodore Bosley, 40, received an additional life sentence to be served concurrently for a charge of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.
In April, a jury found Bosley guilty of those crimes, as well as first-degree assault and conspiracy to commit assault, in the death of Kandi Gerber. The remaining counts were merged.
“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 Tuesday. “I’m outraged by what you did. This community is outraged by what you did.”
Prosecutors successfully argued at trial that Bosley strangled Gerber and cut her throat multiple times after the two had a confrontation in the basement of the Dennings Road residence where Gerber and Bret Michael Wheeler — her fiance and Bosley’s co-conspirator — were living.
Wheeler, who was found guilty of first-degree murder and related charges in October, knew the confrontation was going to occur, prosecutors argued at his trial. Sentencing for Wheeler has not yet been scheduled, according to electronic court records.
During Tuesday’s sentencing hearing, family and friends of Gerber filled several rows on the courtroom.
“We are very satisfied with the result,” said Christie Gerber, Kandi Gerber’s sister, following the hearing.
She and her father Richard Gerber delivered victim impact statements at the hearing. Christie Gerber wore a shirt that read #justiceforkandi and she spoke about the pain of living without her sister and the milestones for which she would not be present in her family’s lives.
Circuit Court Chief Allan Culver then read victim impact statements from three others including Gerber’s 11-year-old daughter.
In requesting the life without parole sentence, Culver cited Bosley’s criminal record as evidence that Bosley acted with poor judgment and said the manner in which he killed Gerber was “especially egregious.”
“There was a rage and jealousy in the defendant toward Kandi Gerber,” Culver said.
During the hearing, the defense agreed with the prosecution’s request for a life sentence with no portion suspended, but disagreed with their request for no possibility of parole.
Joseph Murtha, one of Bosley’s attorneys, said he did not wish to degrade the seriousness of the crime. From a societal standpoint, he felt that the possibility of parole, though it would likely never be granted, encourages individuals to be seek societal productivity and rehabilitation while incarcerated.
Murtha had not returned a call for comment as of 6 p.m. Tuesday.
“It’s hard to imagine a case more fitting of a sentence of life without parole,” State’s Attorney Brian DeLeonardo said in a prepared release. “We hope that the sentence today brings the family some closure and again express our deepest sympathies for the loss of Kandi Gerber.”
Life without the possibility of parole is the highest sentence you can receive in Maryland.
Prior to the sentencing portion of the hearing, Hughes heard the defendant’s motion for a new trial. Following the original trial, an incident involving the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office detective who interviewed Bosley, Brandon Holland, was investigated by the Office of the State Prosecutor. The defense argued that this knowledge would have changed the way in which they cross-examined Holland during Bosley’s trial.
Burden fell to the defense to show “substantial or significant possibility” that this information would have changed the jury’s verdict.
Hughes denied the motion.