Man gets life sentence in 2011 stabbing of Aberdeen teenager

An Aberdeen man was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for the 2011 stabbing death of a teenager, the Harford County state's attorney said.

Terrance Darreyll Wanzer, 22, was sentenced in Harford County Circuit Court in Bel Air for the murder of Thomas Burdsall Jr., 16, also of Aberdeen.

A jury found Wanzer guilty of first-degree murder on Nov. 28.

According to a media release from Cassilly's office, before imposing the life sentence, Harford Circuit Judge Angela Eaves listened to the emotional statements of the victim's mother, Jennifer Burdsall, as she described the impact of her son's murder on and her and her family..

Wanzer stabbed Thomas Burdsall in the heart at the Burdsall residence after the two began arguing on Jan. 8, 2011.

Aberdeen Police Department officers arrived at the Burdsall residence just after 7:30 p.m. that night to find Jennifer Burdsall administering CPR to her son, who died a short time later at the hospital after lifesaving efforts failed.

Investigators found witnesses who were in the home at the time of the stabbing, all who named Wanzer as the attacker and who testified during Wanzer's three-day trial in November, the state's attorney's release states.

Cassilly also commended the Aberdeen Police Department for its thorough investigation in the case.

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