PG Hood Rat Anthony Payne only sent to slammer for 5 years in road-rage murder
Payne chased down Terrance Lagrue in Parkway road rage, threatened with gun;
the victim fled at high speed – crashed and died
GREENBELT, MD. – U.S. District Judge Theodore J. Chuang sentenced Anthony Lamont Payne, 27, of District Heights, Maryland, today to five years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for involuntary manslaughter in connection with a fatal car crash that occurred on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway on March 20, 2015. A federal jury convicted Payne on January 19, 2016.
“The evidence proved 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 sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
The Judge could have given the killer a maximum of eight years under the sentencing guidelines.
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 was let off of previous 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.
Payne has been detained since his arrest on April 28, 2015.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the U.S. Park Police for its work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked the Assistant United States Attorney Hollis Raphael Weisman and Special Assistant United States Attorney Conor Mulroe, who prosecuted the case.