Known as the Burger King murder, this high profile murder case in Maryland stunned the quiet community of crime free Hunt Valley. Four teens brazenly robbed a Burger King restaurant, stabbing and beating to death the manager in the process. 17 year old William Frederick Jones of the 100 block of S. Calhoun Street in west Baltimore worked at the Burger King on York and Shawan Road and when he got off work on the night of December 23 2000 he left a rear door open, allowing his friends to come in and commit the robbery. 17 year old Andre Lawson of the 1000 block of N. Central Avenue and 18 year old Courtney Bryant of the 3200 block of Garrison Avenue snuck in while 16 year old Breon Carlos English of the 1100 block of Somerset Street was the look out. The manager – 21 year old James W. Stambaugh Jr. of Towson – was alone at the restaurant around 11pm closing time when he was suddenly ambushed by Courtney and Andre. Courtney, who had worked at the Burger King but was fired for excessive absences was the ringleader and when James let him know that he recognized him, the robbery plans took a deadly turn. They led James into a back office where he was tied with duct tape, stabbed repeatedly and beaten to death with a metal door stop. An autopsy report said he was beaten so brutally that pieces of duct tape was embedded in his brain. Dying from stab wounds and multiple skull fractures, his body was found near the dumpster behind the Burger King on Christmas Eve morning by employees showing up for work. The teen robbers stole $2800 and James’s car in the robbery and the car was found the next day, abandoned in the 2000 block of Wolfe Street. William was the first to get arrested on January 3 and he quickly snitched on the others. Breon pleaded guilty to his role in the crime and got a 25 year prison sentence. Andre got a sentence of life without parole. William got 10 years and Courtney got a death sentence making him the youngest person in Maryland to be sentenced to death. His death sentence was eventually overturned because of issues with his age and he got a sentence of life without parole.
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