Man convicted of killing his family seeking modified sentence

TOWSON, Md. - A man, who was just 15 when he murdered his family, is scheduled to be in Baltimore County Circuit Court at 9:30 a.m. Friday with hopes of modifying his life sentence.

Nicholas Browning was convicted of four counts of first-degree murder and was sentenced to four life sentences on Jan. 23, 2009 for the 2008 murders of his parents and two brothers. According to the Baltimore County State's Attorney office, two of the life sentences were ordered to run consecutive to each other; the other two life sentences are concurrent.

Browning killed his father John Browning, his mother Tamara Browning, his 14-year-old brother, Gregory and his 11 year old brother, Benjamin. All four were shot in the head in their Cockeysville home in the early morning hours of Feb. 2, 2008. 

Nicholas Browning, a sophomore at Dulaney High School at the time, was at another house that night, when he snuck out, walked to his home and used his father's gun to kill his family. He then returned to his friend's house. 

Prosecutors said he returned to his home later that day and pretended to be surprised to discover the bodies of his family.

Browning's defense attorneys claimed during his trial that the murders came after years of abuse at the hands of his father.

Browning last made headlines in 2012, when it was revealed that he had a profile on, a website soliciting pen pals for inmates.

In his profile, Browning said he is afraid of "dying in prison" and has enrolled in some college classes.

"Whoever is reading this, reach out to me if you're interested," Browning wrote in his profile. "I'm open to anything or anyone. If nothing else, I have an interesting story to tell: someone from my background generally doesn't end up in prison.

"I've grown and seen so much in the past couple years of my life, more so than had I lived a normal one. I never expected in my worst nightmare to end up here in prison, but I try to accept it and just live."

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