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Man sentenced to life in prison in 2004 slaying

June 09, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

A man was sentenced to life in prison without parole Tuesday in the 2004 killing of a former Washington County resident.

Terry Cooks Jr., 20, of Severn, Md., was charged with first-degree murder and use of a handgun in a crime of violence, Anne Arundel County (Md.) Assistant State's Attorney Kelly Poma said. Cooks was found guilty on both charges in January.

Cooks killed David Brown, 52, a longtime Washington County resident, who worked in the emergency room at Washington County Hospital.

Brown had moved to Anne Arundel County and was shot while walking in Provinces Park in 2004.

Poma said the killing was random, and that Cooks was in the park that day because he wanted to shoot someone. It did not matter who, she said.

"He said he didn't care who," Poma said. "He wasn't looking for anyone in particular."

Cooks was 17 at the time of the shooting.

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"He shows absolutely no remorse," Poma said.

Brown was shot in April, but he lived until September, when he succumbed to massive injuries to his internal organs, Poma said.

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