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Texas Man Given Multiple Life Terms for Shooting Mother, 2 Toddlers

A Texas man who reportedly became enraged when drugs he had planned to sell in Maryland went missing was sentenced to multiple life terms in prison without parole for killing a Prince George's County mother and children.

A Texas man who reportedly became enraged when drugs he had planned to sell in Maryland went missing was sentenced to multiple life terms in prison without parole. File|Patch
A Texas man who reportedly became enraged when drugs he had planned to sell in Maryland went missing was sentenced to multiple life terms in prison without parole. File|Patch

A Texas man convicted of shooting a New Carrollton woman, her sister and her two young children was sentenced Friday to spend the rest of his life in prison.

A Prince George's County jury convicted Darrell Lynn Bellard, 47, of Dickinson, Texas, in April on four counts of first-degree murder in the 2010 execution-style shooting deaths of Dawn Brooks, her two young children and the children's aunt, Mwasiti Sikyala.

He was sentenced on Friday to four life sentences, another four life without parole sentences plus 80 years.

WJLA TV reports that prosecutors say Bellard killed the family because he believed Brooks and Sikyala were responsible for the disappearance of 60 pounds of marijuana that Bellard brought with him from Texas to sell.

Bellard denied he killed Brooks and her family. He said he falsely confessed to police because he was trying to protect his girlfriend, T’keisha Nicole Gilmer, in hopes police would release her after a confession.

“I only confessed because I love T’keisha so much,” Bellard said in court Friday, reports The Washington Post. “There’s no way I could take the lives of two innocent kids and two mothers.”

Judge Dwight D. Jackson said Bellard committed “mass murder” as he handed down his sentence. The Post says Bellard might have been the first Maryland inmate to face the death penalty in more than a decade, but state lawmakers abolished capital punishment last year.

Family members of the victims said they wished that Bellard could have faced the death penalty.

“Life in prison is not enough,” Nyunzi Sikyala, Brooks’s fiance and the father of the two children, told the newspaper.

Linda July 01, 2014 at 08:52 AM
And my tax dollars have to feed him for the rest of his miserable life. Maybe I should go out and get a second job to pay more taxes to make sure he gets the best health care also while he's in prison for 3 MURDERS? He does not deserve to live. Period!!! This was a horrible crime. Two innocent children were shot like animals and left to die. Two adult women also shot and one of them died also. How come he gets to live?
amark July 02, 2014 at 07:49 AM
So this piece of crap owes his life to another piece of crap (owe'malley).

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