Judge declines to modify Nicholas Browning's sentence

Six years after he methodically moved through his Cockeysville home murdering his parents and two younger brothers, Nicholas Browning made a bid to get his multiple life sentences reduced so he could qualify for treatment behind bars.
 
"It was along the lines of he would give his own life if he could take all of this back," said Deputy State's Attorney Robin Coffin who didn't buy his attempt to show remorse any more than the judge who denied his motion.
 
Coffin says he planned the murders like a professional hit man.
 
"Months before the murder, he had told children on the bus....16-year-olds, 15-year-olds, that he was tired of his father telling him what to do and he was going to kill his father.  He was going to kill his brothers so he didn't have to share the inheritance."
 
In fact, the same day Browning claimed he walked into the house and discovered his family had been killed, he mentioned that inheritance to a detective.
 
"Why would I jeopardize, you know, you put money into it," Browning told the detective during recorded interview, "I have a very large, or had, whatever inheritance coming to me regardless of if there's insurance money or not."
 
A man who has befriended Browning through a prisoner pen pal website, Michael Gaffney, says the 21-year-old behind bars isn't the same teen who murdered his entire family.
 
"One would need to look, of course, at the person, what he was then and what he's become now.  I don't think any of us are the same people we were, say, six years ago," Gaffney said.
 
But prosecutors say six years after the heinous crimes, you won't find any sign of remorse on that same site.
 
"No where does he say, 'Oh my God, I have a tragic life story that I need help sharing,'" said Coffin, "When they ask about siblings, he says, 'None.'  That's pretty callous."
 
Browning is serving four life sentences.
 
He will be eligible for parole in 25 years with good behavior.
 
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