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Cockeysville Teen Who Murdered Family Seeks Reduced Sentence

Nicholas Browning was given two consecutive and two concurrent life sentences in 2009 for the crime.

Nicholas Browning. Credit: Maryland Department of Corrections
Nicholas Browning. Credit: Maryland Department of Corrections

Nicholas Browning, who murdered his family in their Cockeysville home in 2008, is scheduled to appear in Baltimore County Circuit Court on Friday to seek a reduced sentence.

Browning, who was 16 when he committed the crime, was given two concurrent and two consecutive life sentences at the Patuxent Institute, a correctional mental health facility in Jessup. 

His attorneys filed the motion for sentence modification in 2009. But Judge Thomas Bollinger didn’t rule on the request at that time and has since scheduled this week's hearing, according to a news release from the Baltimore County State's Attorney's office.

Browning used his father’s gun to shoot his brother Benjamin, 11, his brother Gregory, 14, his mother Tamara Browning and his father John Browning in the head.   

Bee January 16, 2014 at 07:26 AM
Throw the damn key away.
David Granmadave Schein January 17, 2014 at 09:20 AM
Well, he's been behaving. Reduce it to 1 life sentence? C'mon, that's, like, 75% off!
M. Sullivan January 17, 2014 at 10:53 AM
Hey Aly, are you surprised that your post was deleted? You sound like such a sweet girl. Your parents would be so proud if they were still around.
sally adams January 18, 2014 at 07:19 AM
Actually, he did NOT say he was sorry yesterday when he had the opportunity. He did say he would give his own life if he could change places. I guess so, considering what his future holds. I personally felt or saw no remorse, just a desperate plea to improve his own life circumstances. Thousands of people were afflicted by his actions and the ripple effect has been felt throughout the land. I hold especially the youth in my heart . I am so grateful to the Deputy State's attorney, Robin Coffin and to the honorable Judge Bollinger, they put this nightmare to rest! I will always be Greg and Ben's Aunt Sally

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