TOWSON - A high-ranking member of the Bloods gang gets life in prison for killing a gang member, because he was gay. A Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge sentenced 24-year-old Timothy Rawlings Tuesday morning.
Rawlings ordered the hit on Steven Parrish. Rawlings thought Parrish was gay and worried that having a gay person in the gang would make the Bloods look weak.
Parrish's body was found in a wooded area of Baltimore County in May 2008.
Rawlings got life in prison without the possibility of parole for the first degree murder charge.
The judge in the case said, "As far as the court is concerned, he should never breathe a breath of free air again."
Rawlings was also convicted of a hate crime in the case. It's the County's first successful prosecution of a hate crime.
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