Teen sentenced to 30 years in fatal shooting of pregnant woman


A 16-year-old who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a pregnant woman after she rejected sexual advances by him and his twin brother was sentenced yesterday to a 30-year prison term.

Brian Antonio Wilson of the 5600 block of Govane Avenue in Govans apologized in court to his family and to the family of the victim, Quwanda Thornton, 20, whom prosecutors said he shot while she waited at a bus stop on York Road the night before Thanksgiving last year.

His identical twin brother, Paul Anthony Wilson, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and will be sentenced later, prosecutors said.

Charging documents state the boys were talking to Thornton and began touching her, and she pulled away. Brian Wilson then grabbed a .38-caliber handgun from the waist of his pants and shot Thornton, and the brothers fled, prosecutors said.

Thornton, of the 800 block of St. Dunstans Road, was four weeks pregnant and was on her way to her job as a receptionist at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Both boys -- 15 at the time of the shooting -- were charged as adults with first-degree murder. For Brian Wilson that charge was dropped to second-degree murder when he made his plea agreement.

The twins had been arrested together at least four other times in the past four years, according to court records and were on probation in the juvenile justice system for drug possession charges at the time of the shooting.

A Baltimore County prosecutor, James O. Gentry Sr., handled the case because the boys' mother, Lynnette Wilson, is an administrator in the Victim Witness Assistance Unit of the Baltimore state's attorney's office. Their father is a correctional officer.

Judge Evelyn O. Cannon, who will also sentence Paul Wilson, recommended Brian Wilson for the youth offenders program at the Patuxent Institution in Jessup.

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