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Man gets 45 years in killing

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The accomplice in the gang-related killing of an Edgewood man in 2004 was sentenced yesterday to life in prison with all but 45 years suspended.

Darrell Levon Miller, 21, agreed in September to plead guilty to first-degree murder in the killing of Derald Howard Guess, a 37-year-old cabdriver and father of nine. In exchange, he testified against the gunman in the killing, Wayne Lavon Bond Jr., who was sentenced last week to life in prison plus 60 years.

Wearing an orange prison jumpsuit covered with gang insignias, Miller testified during Bond's trial in April about the hierarchy and rules of his gang and how they factored into the killing. At one point, three men were ejected from the courthouse after making threatening comments.

Unlike Bond, Miller apologized to the victim's family before his sentencing in Harford Circuit Court yesterday.

"It was wrong," Miller said. "That wasn't supposed to happen."

Prosecutors said Bond and Miller had planned to rob Guess after calling his cab to an Edgewood cul-de-sac on Dec. 8, 2004. Bond fatally shot Guess in the temple as Miller ran from the cab, prosecutors said.

Miller will be eligible for parole in 15 years, said his attorney, David P. Henninger.

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