Federal jury let thug off of murder charge!
District Heights Man Convicted for Involuntary Manslaughter in Fatal Baltimore-Washington Parkway Car Crash
Defendant Threatened Victim with Gun, then Chased Car at 115 mph
Greenbelt, Maryland – A federal jury let a brutal thug off of a charge of murder but convicted Anthony Lamont Payne, age 27, of District Heights, Maryland, for involuntary manslaughter for causing a fatal car crash that occurred on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway on March 20, 2015, and killed Terrance Lagrue. The jury acquitted Payne of second-degree murder.
Payne was let off of charges of having a gun in his car and in his possession by Prince Georges County States Attorney Angela Alsobrooks. The gun charges placed against him on Feb. 16, 2013, by Prince Georges County Police Officer Hopkins were dropped on June 26, 2013, almost two years before Payne killed Lagrue – with a gun in a vehicle the linchpin for ending the life of the victim in a road-rage outrage.
“The evidence showed that Anthony Lamont Payne threatened the victim with a gun, then chased his car on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway at speeds of up to 115 miles per hour,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “Payne’s atrocious criminal conduct caused the tragic death of Terrance Terrelle Lagrue, a 19-year-old man.”
The conviction was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Chief of Police Robert D. MacLean of the U.S. Park Police.
According to evidence presented at the four-day trial, Payne caused the death of the victim on March 20, 2015, following a high-speed chase on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Two eyewitnesses testified that Payne pointed a gun at the victim both before and during the chase on the Parkway.
According to trial testimony, the victim’s car was hit by Payne’s vehicle, causing the victim’s vehicle to roll over and burst into flame. Scientific evidence presented at trial from the airbag module in Payne’s vehicle showed that Payne was driving 115 miles per hour at the time of the collision. The victim died at the scene.
Payne faces a maximum sentence eight years in prison. U.S. District Judge Theodore J. Chuang has scheduled sentencing for April 25, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. Payne has been detained since his arrest on April 28, 2015.
From NBC 4:
(March 20, 2015) – Police are investigating the possibility a man killed when his car was forced off the Baltimore-Washington Parkway last week was targeted as a result of some sort of disagreement, sources told News4.
The driver of a Lincoln sedan that witnesses said forced 19-year-old Terrance “Tee” Lagrue’s Mustang off the road fled the scene, police said.
Just before 3 a.m. Friday, the Mustang rolled over and caught fire with Lagrue trapped inside. He died at the scene.
Family members told News4 Lagrue was the type of young man who walked arm-in-arm with his mother when they strolled through a shopping mall and was never happier than when playing basketball with family members, young and old, at a Silver Spring rec center court near his home.
A Blake High School graduate, Lagrue attended Bowie State University.
A Gofundme account was set up to pay for funeral expenses.