A state prison inmate who in 2009 killed a cellmate convicted of murder was sentenced Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court to another 10 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter, a sentence he might be able to serve in another state.
Mario Lawrence Bowling, 44, was indicted on charges of first-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment in the death of Eric Watkins at Western Correctional Institution in Allegany County, according to court records. Bowling was granted a change of venue to Washington County and pleaded guilty to the manslaughter charge Aug. 5, court records show.
Watkins, 23, of Baltimore, was serving a 100-year sentence for first-degree murder, court records show.
At the time of the killing, Bowling was serving a 25-year sentence from Montgomery County, Md., for robbery with a dangerous weapon, robbery and assault, according to court records.
Allegany County Deputy State's Attorney Frederick Voss told Circuit Judge John H. McDowell that Bowling has detainers to serve a federal sentence and a state sentence in Virginia.