Duped drug buyer got T-shirt instead of cocaine, killed dealer

A Baltimore judge sentenced Jason K. Hamel to 50 years in prison for the Federal Hill murder of an alleged drug dealer who tricked him into paying $5,000 for a T-shirt he said was a package of cocaine.

The shooting happened in 800 block of Battery Avenue on June 20, 2008 when Hamel, 33, went to meet his victim Keyva Bluitt and two other men to do the supposed drug deal. Hamel picked up the package at around 9:15 p.m. and soon realized the deception, according to the Baltimore state's attorney's office.

When he did, he drew a gun and headed to the three men's vehicle, shooting Bluitt once in the chest. His friends dumped his body in the street and fled. Bluitt was taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma but died of his injuries.

The killing went long unsolved and Hamel was not charged until 2012 but the State's Attorney's Office said witnesses came forward in 2011.

A Baltimore jury convicted Hamel of second-degree murder in February and his sentence will be served consecutively with a five year term for a probation violation.



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