Tyrone Thomas Nordine was sentenced to life plus 25 years in prison Thursday morning, following his conviction last December of the attempted murder of an Edgewood woman in 2014, according to the Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Harford County Circuit Court Judge Yolanda Curtin, who presided over the case, issued the sentence. She described the crime as “violent, it was heinous, it was deliberate,” according to a news release from the State’s Attorney’s Office.
“We’re very pleased with Judge Curtin’s sentence,” Deputy State’s Attorney David Ryden, who prosecuted the case, said Thursday afternoon. “It’s exactly what we had asked for, it’s exactly what this case merited, and I think it brings some measure of safety to the people of Harford County, knowing that Mr. Nordine will not be walking our streets for the rest of his natural life.”
Ryden is a Republican candidate for state’s attorney. He is among multiple candidates running to succeed State’s Attorney Joseph Cassilly, who plans to step down at the end of his term this year after more than 35 years as Harford’s top prosecutor.
Nordine’s public defender, James McGuinn, could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.
In December, a jury convicted Nordine, 36, of the Brooklyn area of South Baltimore, of attempted first-degree murder, home invasion, first-degree assault, two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a violent crime and illegal possession of a firearm.
Nordine could be eligible for parole in 10 years on the two firearms charges, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office news release.
The four-day trial was the third for Nordine. Two previous trials ended in mistrials because of hung juries. Ryden praised members of the third jury, who spent more than seven hours deliberating, for their diligence.
“[The jury] methodically went through the evidence, weighed the credibility of the witnesses, applied a lot of common sense to the facts as they understood them to be and came to the verdict that they did,” Ryden said.
Prosecutors said Nordine and an accomplice — who has not been publicly identified by police or arrested — went to the victim’s residence in the 1000 block of Crimson Tree Court on Sept. 20, 2014, kicked open her door, entered her bedroom and attacked her.
Nordine is suspected of shooting the woman twice in the head; the second suspect had a firearm but did not use it, according to Ryden. The weapon used in the shooting has not been recovered.
Three children, including two teenagers and a toddler, were also in the house, but they were not harmed. The victim was taken to University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air and later to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
The woman has recovered from her injuries as much as possible, but she still carries emotional and psychological scars, as well as physical, according to Ryden.
The woman testified during the trials, as well as a neighbor who lived across the street. A second neighbor who witnessed Nordine fleeing testified at the third trial, according to Ryden, who had said previously the evidence at trial also established that Nordine threatened witnesses in the neighborhood several days after the shooting not to cooperate with law enforcement.
Judge Curtin praised the victim, calling her “an extremely brave woman,” according to the news release.
Authorities suspect the victim was attacked in “retribution,” as her fiance had been arrested for his alleged involvement in a shooting that happened four days earlier on a Brookside Drive playground in Edgewood, according to the news release.