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VINCENT COLE v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Illegal sentence — Insufficient evidence

Following a 1986 trial in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County, a jury found Vincent Cole, appellant, guilty of first-degree felony murder, burglary, daytime housebreaking, and robbery. The court sentenced appellant to life imprisonment for first-degree felony murder and merged the remaining convictions for sentencing.

From the available record, it appears that appellant and two co-felons broke into the 79-year old victim’s home, locked her in a closet, ransacked her home, stole various items of hers, and left. After about a week, the victim died of starvation.

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