After his third trial, a former Annapolis handyman was sentenced to life without parole yesterday for killing an Arnold woman nearly 12 years ago.
Albert Gustav Givens had been tried twice before for the killing of Marlene Kilpatrick, who was found in her home Jan. 3, 1992. A 1993 conviction was thrown out on a technicality, and a second trial resulted in a hung jury.
"We're more than pleased," said Kathleen Rogers, an assistant state's attorney. "The family has had a long, hard road."
Members of Kilpatrick's family said the killing shattered their sense of well-being and still haunts them. Kilpatrick was bludgeoned, stabbed and sexually abused.
"Our lives have been torn apart," Lisa Kilpatrick O'Connell, the victim's daughter, told Circuit Judge Philip T. Caroom.
Givens maintained his innocence in court yesterday. He was a friend of Kilpatrick's son and often visited her home to do maintenance work.
"I would never ever think of doing anything like that to Miss Kilpatrick," he told the judge. "She was a wonderful person."
Caroom was unmoved. "There was ample evidence to support the verdict," he said.