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Baltimore man admits to strangling his pregnant girlfriend in kidnapping hoax, is sentenced to decades in prison

A 42-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced Monday to 40 years in prison after prosecutors say he admitted to strangling his pregnant girlfriend to death more than two years ago.

Victor Robinson, of the Winston-Govans neighborhood in North Baltimore, told police his girlfriend had been kidnapped for ransom. Police found Shawna Davis dead in September 2018 on a park bench in Waverly. An autopsy found she had been strangled while eight to 10 weeks pregnant.

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Detectives found Robinson had not received any phone calls from kidnappers demanding a ransom as he had claimed, prosecutors say. In an interview with detectives, they say, he admitted to arguing with Davis, closing his hands around her neck and choking her. DNA swabs confirmed the crime, prosecutors say.

Robinson was scheduled to stand trial Monday in Baltimore Circuit Court. But he pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to life in prison with all but 40 years suspended.

In a news release to announce the prison sentence, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby called the murder brutal and unfathomable.

"Her life was abruptly cut short by the hands of her partner and her unborn child was never given the opportunity to live,” Mosby wrote. “This case is particularly heartbreaking and vehemently reiterates our commitment to always pursue justice on behalf of our most vulnerable victims.”

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