Dozens of people packed the fourth-floor Towson courtroom, requiring folding chairs to be set up in the back.
When the judge read the verdict, a hushed “yes!” was heard from the side where Caprio’s family and Baltimore County Police Department employees sat.
On the other side of the courtroom, Ward’s family shouted “We love you!” and another family member signaled for the teen to keep his head up. Others cried silently.
“We are very pleased with the sentences,” Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger said. “We feel like the judge really zeroed in on what needed to be focused on and the background of these individuals with the juvenile justice system.”
The teens were charged under the felony murder law, which applies to a felony crime resulting in a death. Everyone who committed the felony crime — in this case the string of burglaries — also may be held responsible for the murder, whether or not they were directly involved in the death.
At Harris’ trial, prosecutors argued he was the getaway driver for the three teens, who were not in the Jeep Caprio confronted him in a suburban cul-de-sac. As she pointed her gun and ordered him out, he accelerated and ran her over, fatally injuring her.