A 19-year-old Annapolis man was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison for his part in the murder of a Florida woman stabbed by an accomplice who severed the victim's thumb and showed it off as a trophy.
Tremayne Deon Howard faced his parents and apologized to them and to the victim's family in a choking voice.
"I never meant to hurt you all, in any way," he said, fighting back tears.
Howard pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in October in the slaying of Katherine E. Brodie, whose body was found in February 1996 by boys playing in the woods near the 7400 block of Edgewood Road.
Howard also pleaded guilty to a 1995 armed robbery of the Jerry's Subs & Pizza shop in the 900 block of Bay Ridge Road in Annapolis.
Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Pamela L. North sentenced Howard yesterday to 10 years in the murder and 10 years for the armed robbery and ordered the sentences to run concurrently.
North said she believed that Howard was sincerely sorry for what he had done, but that he had let himself be controlled by others and must be held accountable for the consequences.
"You must be weak because you're allowing people to lead you into behavior that is totally unacceptable," the judge said.
Mickeen Michael Holland, 20, of Annapolis was convicted March 18 of first-degree murder in Brodie's slaying. He is to be sentenced May 14. Assistant State's Attorney Frank Ragione said he would ask for a sentence of life without parole
According to testimony, Holland met Brodie for the first time near the Bay Ridge Shopping Center on Forest Drive and took her to a wooded tract.
Howard, who agreed to testify in exchange for the state's recommendation of a 10-year sentence, told jurors that he met Holland and Brodie near the shopping center and followed them into the woods. He testified that he kicked Brodie once before Holland stabbed her eight times.
The 34-year-old victim was raised in Chestertown. She had left her boyfriend's Annapolis apartment alone on the night she was killed to try to obtain drugs, according to testimony.
An autopsy showed that Brodie's right thumb had been severed, and witnesses testified that Holland kept it in a plastic sandwich bag and showed it off about two weeks after the murder.
Pub Date: 4/03/97