Man sentenced to life in prison for murdering his grandmother


The grandson of an East Baltimore woman fondly known as "the candy lady" was sentenced to life in prison yesterday for stabbing and choking the elderly woman to death more than three years ago.

Vernon Beander, 27, was convicted Nov. 12 in Baltimore Circuit Court of first-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon in the killing of Gladys Moore, 70. Judge Stuart Berger convicted and sentenced Beander.

Moore's body was found Dec. 4, 2001, in her first-floor apartment at the Somerset Homes public housing complex near Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Moore had been a longtime resident of the neighborhood and sold treats such as candy and soda to children -- even as she battled emphysema.

City police arrested Beander at an East Baltimore motel three days after the killing. But the case became mired in the court system after questions arose over Beander's competence to stand trial.

Court records show that Beander was deemed not competent to stand trial in June 2002 and then deemed competent in September 2003.

Beander's relatives said he had begun calling himself God after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Moore disregarded their warnings and allowed Beander to move into her apartment.

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