An Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge sentenced a Pasadena teen to five years on top of two concurrent life sentences for his role in two murders that took place in Glen Burnie in 2010.
Vincent Ethan Bunner, 19, of the 100 block of Dunlap Court in Pasadena, —for his part in the and . The two establishments sit about one mile apart on Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard.
Bunner halted his trial in January to accept a plea agreement with the state in which he would serve two concurrent life sentences on the two murder charges. Bunner also pleaded guilty to using a handgun during the course of a felony, which carries up to 20 years in prison, and the first five years must be served.
Defense attorneys argued that Bunner should serve whatever amount of time given for using a handgun during the course of a felony concurrently with the two life sentences. The state argued that Bunner be sentenced to serve 20 years consecutive to two concurrent life sentences.
Judge Paul G. Geotzke sentenced Bunner to 20 years for the gun charge, suspending 15, to be served consecutive to the life sentences.
"We need to lock people like the defendant up so that he is not among us," Goetzke said.
He said a strong sentence was needed as retribution to the victims as well as to send a message to others in the community.
Anne Arundel County "does not allow murders to go without severe and serious penalty," Geotzke said. Adding that the court needs to "keep people out of the community for a long time."
During the sentencing hearing, the state argued that Bunner bragged about killing Attia leading up to the shooting death of Flores—and then bragged about that.
Eliezer Flores, Misael Flores' older brother, spoke of the allegation that Bunner referred to the deaths as some type of trophy or bragging rights. He said Misael Flores was the one who had something to brag about.
Misael Flores "was greatly admired by all who loved him. His bragging rights are the ones spoken by the ones who loved him and the ones he loved," Eliezer Flores said.
Defense attorney Michele N. Cinque detailed a timeline of Bunner's life that included physical, emotional and substance abuse in an effort to convince the judge to recommend the 19-year-old to the Patuxent Institution's Youth Offender Program in Jessup.
The program's primary focus is developmental, with the goal of assisting the youthful offenders in their transition to viable adult development, according to the Maryland Department of Safety and Correctional Services website.
Geotzke chose not to refer Bunner to the program at sentencing but instead would like to revisit the referral closer to Bunner's 21st birthday. In order to qualify for the program, inmates must be younger than 21 when they are referred.
Over the course of two weeks in November 2010, ; Shawn Anthony Johnson, 19, and , 20—both of Glen Burnie; and Charles Butler, 19, of Brooklyn Park with the first-degree murder of Flores.
Butler was sentenced on Friday to 30 years in prison for his role in Flores' death after entering an Alford plea to second-degree murder last month. Johnson is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday after being found guilty of the felony murder of Flores last month.
McLean—who agreed to testify against Butler, Bunner and Johnson as part of a plea agreement—will go to trial in October.
Johnson, who also was arrested in the murder of Attia, is scheduled for trial in that case in August.