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Man sentenced to life in prison for killing 7-11 worker in Charles County

Posted at 6:02 PM, Aug 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-02 18:06:13-04

LAPLATA, Md. — A Charles County man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for armed robbery and killing a 7-11 employee in 2020.

Gregory Deshawn Collins, 23, from Waldorf, was found guilty of first-degree felony murder of Lynn Maher, who was working at the 7-11 on Middletown Road on that October 2020 night.

"The court's decision in this matter was appropriate," said Charles County State's Attorney Tony Covington. "Collins permanently erased a life from this Earth. In my view, when you take someone's life as this defendant did, you should forfeit your right to live the rest of your life as a free man. So, the sentence was fair and reasonable."

On October 1, 2020, officers responded to the 7-11 convenience store, in the 3300 block of Middletown Road in Waldorf for the report of a shooting. Officers found Maher, an employee of 7-11, dead at the scene.

An investigation revealed that on the night of the incident, a male entered the store and selected a 7-11 brand tea bottle. He then approached the sales counter, where Maher was working as a cashier. The suspect showed a handgun and announced a robbery.

Police said removed all the money from the register till and gave it to the suspect. She showed the empty register till to the suspect, who pointed a handgun at her and pulled the trigger. The bullet struck Maher in the head, killing her. After shooting Maher, the suspect put the money, a total of $249.69, in his pocket and took off.

Surveillance of the incident showed that the suspect, later identified as Collins, was wearing a distinct pair of blue jeans and blue tennis shoes. A photograph was discovered of Collins wearing blue shoes on September 7, 2020, consistent with what was worn during the robbery and murder.

A search and seizure warrant was executed at Collins’ residence. During the search, a pair of blue jeans were recovered that were consistent with the suspect from the robbery and murder. During the investigation, Collins confessed to robbing the store and shooting Maher. DNA evidence also linked Collins to the robbery and murder.

At sentencing, the Assistant State’s Attorney for the case, stated, “We do not ask for life without parole often and certainly not lightly. The facts of this case absolutely warrant it. The defendant was on probation when he committed this senseless, horrific murder.”.