Nicholas Browning was fifteen years old when he murdered his parents and two younger brother. According to court documents Nicholas Browning would fatally shoot his parents and his two younger brothers then would spend the next two nights at a friends house before telling anyone what had happened. Eventually Nicholas Browning would tell his friend who would notify the police who made the gruesome discovery. This teen killer would be sentenced to two life terms however due to the way the judge sentenced him he will be eligible for parole in twenty years
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Nicholas Browning, the Baltimore County teen charged with murdering his parents and brothers in their sleep, joked about killing his parents several times before their deaths, several students said.
“He often complained about his father, and I specifically remember him saying he would kill his family one day in a joking manner,” Browning?s Dulaney High classmate John Lockwood told The Examiner in an Internet message.
Lockwood?s statement appears to corroborate previous statements from students who rode the school bus with Nicholas Browning and said the teen recently began talking about killing his parents — but none of them took him seriously.
“He talked about how rich his father was, how he wanted some of that money,” said one middle schooler, whose father asked The Examiner not to publish her name. “He didn?t like his father because he used to always yell at him and stuff.”
Lockwood said Browning had “another side to him away from school where he would beat up his younger brothers really badly, steal from his dad?s liquor cabinet, and steal their car without a permit or license.”
He said Nicholas Browning was “a spoiled kid” who mocked minorities and people with disabilities.
“He got away with everything and thought he ran the world,” Lockwood said.
Called an “all-American family,” successful lawyer, John Browning, 45, along with his wife, Tamara, 44, and sons Gregory, 14, and Benjamin, 11, were found dead in their Cockeysville home last Saturday around 5 p.m. by Nicholas Browning as he returned home from a friend?s house, police said.
Police said Browning, an honors student close to becoming an Eagle Scout, dumped his father?s gun in nearby bushes and spent Friday night and all day Saturday with friends.
A source with knowledge of Browning actions that night said John Browning had wanted his eldest son to accompany the family to western Maryland Saturday, but Nicholas wanted to stay home and party with his friends. The night of the killings, Nicholas abruptly left a friend?s house and walked more than two miles to his parents? home, returning five hours later, the source said.
Browning then began inviting friends to a party at his house on Saturday night, before returning home and faking surprise at finding their dead bodies, several sources, including police, said.
As police worked the crime scene that Saturday night, officers were repeatedly interrupted as students, unaware of the horror inside the home, kept arriving expecting a party, law enforcement sources said.
Browning did not immediately confess to the crime, but claimed a botched robbery led to the murders, sources said. After about six hours of interrogation, he admitted to the murders after police found inconsistencies in his story, the sources said.
Browning marked his 16th birthday behind bars in the Baltimore County Detention Center Saturday, the same day about 1,300 people attended a funeral for his family at Trinity Assembly of God church in Lutherville.
In a statement released after the funereal, family members expressed support for Nicholas Browning.
“Our concern and love goes out to Nick,” they wrote. “Whatever else lies ahead, he is a member of our family and he will have our support.
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A Baltimore County judge on Friday denied Nicholas Browning’s motion to reduce the four life sentences he received for murdering his parents and two younger brothers at their Cockeysville home.
Browning, now 21, was sentenced five years ago after pleading guilty to four counts of first-degree murder. His attorneys have recently argued that his multiple life sentences were preventing him from getting mental healthtreatment at the Patuxent Institution, which works with youth offenders.
But Judge Thomas J. Bollinger Sr. said he did not believe that the sentence modification would change the circumstances of his incarceration. Browning had asked that he be able to serve all of the terms at the same time, with all but 30 years suspended.
Browning’s attorney, Joshua Treem, argued that reducing several of the murder counts “doesn’t get him out any earlier” but would make him eligible for treatment. He said Browning still could not be released without the approval of a parole board.
“Nicholas Browning committed what I don’t think words can adequately describe as an unfathomable act,” Treem said. But Treem said mental health professionals who evaluated Browning had recommended treatment, which could potentially help answer the question of why Browning killed his family members.
Browning, who appeared in court with short, cropped hair in a light blue “D.O.C.” shirt and lose-fitting jeans, spoke only briefly, thanking family members who have continued to visit him.
“Words can’t describe what I did,” he said. Browning asked the judge to reconsider the sentence “not for me but my family.”
Deputy State’s Attorney Robin Coffin said Browning’s sentence was appropriate because he showed no empathy in the killing of his family.
“It was the state’s position at the time of sentencing and the state’s position today this crime was so heinous that Nicholas Browning should never get out of jail.”
She added, “At the time of the murder, when he was speaking with detectives, the only thing he said about his parents was that they were harsh and strict.”
Browning shot and killed his father, John, his mother, Tamara, his 14-year-old brother, Gregory, and his 11-year-old brother, Benjamin. Later, Browning told police, he tossed his father’s gun into nearby woods and went to a friend’s house, where he played video games.
The family was found dead on Feb. 2, 2008
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