A Harford County judge postponed sentencing yesterday for a 44-year-old man convicted of first-degree murder after a prosecutor argued that a proposed 25-year prison term violated statutory requirements.
Harford Circuit Judge Thomas E. Marshall deferred sentencing Daniel S. Hicks until Monday to give the defense and prosecution time to review the law and submit written legal arguments regarding the appropriate punishment.
Hicks was convicted Jan. 27 of taking a shotgun from his home and fatally shooting Gary Michael Sheets, a 29-year-old Baltimore man, after a picnic at Hicks' home in the 3400 block of Wilson Road in Street.
Marshall initially sentenced Hicks to 25 years. But he retracted the sentence after Assistant State's Attorney Diana Brooks argued that Maryland's statutory codes require a life sentence for first-degree murder convictions, and that the governor must review the case before the convict is granted parole.