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Lansdowne Man Gets 115 Years in Teen's Halloween Murder

Dequan Burks was killed on Halloween in 2010.

Sterlin Matthews, 19, of Lansdowne, was sentenced Thursday to 115 years in prison for killing a 16-year-old boy on Halloween in Baltimore Highlands in 2010.

According to a statement from the State's Attorney for Baltimore County, Matthews was convicted Oct. 25 in Baltimore County Circuit Court of second-degree murder, 11 counts of first-degree assault and three counts of Use of a Handgun in the Commission of a Crime of Violence.

The murder occurred Oct. 31, 2010, when Dequan Burks, 16, was with a group of teens for Halloween in Lansdowne.

"The group crossed a footbridge into Baltimore Highlands when shots were fired by Matthews," the statement said. Burks was shot in the back and died, and two other teens "were struck by bullets fired by Matthews."

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