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Sentence change denied for man who killed family

Saturday - 1/18/2014, 9:13am  ET

TOWSON, Md. (AP) -- A Baltimore County Circuit Court judge has denied a request for a sentence modification for a man who killed his parents and two younger brothers when he was 15.

Judge Thomas J. Bollinger, who sentenced Nicholas Browning to four life sentences in 2009, on Friday refused Browning's request for a modification.

Browning, now 21, pleaded guilty to four counts of murder in the February 2008 slayings of his parents, John and Tamara, and his brothers, 14-year-old Gregory and 11-year-old Benjamin. Prosecutors say Browning shot the four as they slept, spent the night with friends, then returned the next day, pretending to discover his family dead.

Bollinger had sentenced Browning to serve two of the life terms consecutively, meaning he could be eligible for parole in 23 years with good behavior.


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