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Two teens sentenced in Patterson Park murder

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Posted at 10:34 PM, May 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-25 07:18:37-04

Two teens were sentenced to prison Thursday in connection to the stabbing death of woman in her Patterson Park home in 2014.

Alonzo Gorham-Ramos and Allen Pinkney were sentenced Tuesday to life suspend all but 45 years and 5 years of probation for the murder of Kimberly Leto.

"I'm deeply troubled by the fact that this crime was committed by two teenagers. My deepest sympathies are with the Leto family and all of those who knew her. I hope that today's sentence affords the Leto family some closure to this nightmare," said State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

Around 7:45 a.m. on January 31, 2014 Baltimore Police responded to an apartment in the 400 block of South Ellwood Avenue after Leto’s boyfriend found her in a pool of blood.

Her boyfriend told police he heard the sound of a male voice and came downstairs to find her dead next to a large kitchen knife.

According to court records, Leto was sleeping on her couch when she awoke to find Gorham-Ramos and Pinkney burglarizing her apartment. Pinkney put a pillow over her head as she screamed and struggled. Both suspects stabbed Leto until she stopped fighting. The defendants stole several items before fleeing.

This wasn’t the first time Gorham-Ramos had been in Leto’s home. He admitted he broke into her home in August 2013. In that case, Leto woke up and chased him until she lost sight of him.

DNA testing revealed Leto’s blood on Gorham-Ramos and Pinkney’s clothes. Both confessed to the murder.

Gorham-Ramos told detectives that they broke into the home because they needed money and Pinkney told him that there was a lot of cash in the house.

Surveillance video from a grocery store was recovered showing Gorham-Ramos and Pinkney using a machine to cash the coins they stolen from the home.