Tyrone Harvin Gets Life For Elderly Woman Murder

Tyrone Harvin

Tyrone Harvin is a convicted teen killer who was just sentenced to life in prison for the sexual assault and murder of a 83 year old woman. According to court documents Tyrone Harvin, who was fourteen years old at the time, would sexually assault and murder 83 year old Dorothy Mae Neal inside of her Bridgeview-Greenlawn Baltimore Maryland home. The cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma. Tyrone Harvin would later be arrested and convicted of murder and sexual assault. Now Tyrone Harvin will spend the rest of his life in prison

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A Baltimore City Circuit judge on Tuesday sentenced one of Baltimore’s youngest homicide suspects to life in prison for the rape and murder of an 83-year-old woman in 2018.

Judge Jennifer B. Schiffer called the circumstances of Dorothy Mae Neal’s killing “heartbreaking” and said the nature of the crime “demands punishment,” despite Tyrone Harvin’s age at the time of the crime. He was 14 years old.

Schiffer requested Harvin, now 18 years old, be sent to the youth offender program at the Patuxent Institution.

Harvin’s legal team asked the judge to send him to a juvenile sex offender program where they argued he could receive better clinical treatment. His attorneys declined to comment following the hearing.

jury in June convicted Harvin of raping and murdering Neal, who was found in 2018 beaten inside her Bridgeview-Greenlawn apartment when police were called for a wellness check. Police found used condoms and a lamp prosecutors say was the murder weapon inside Neal’s home. The medical examiner’s office said Neal died from blunt-force trauma and that she was sexually assaulted.

At the Tuesday sentencing hearing, prosecutor Elizabeth Stock said life in prison would be appropriate because of the “excessive level of harm” done to Neal, because she said Harvin acted alone, without group influences, and because of subsequent rule violations while he was in custody

A cousin of Neal’s spoke at the sentencing by Zoom and asked for “justice” following the act of violence. Rita Pickett, the cousin, noted Neal was old enough to be Harvin’s grandmother or great-grandmother.

Neal lived through the Civil Rights era and Jim Crow laws, Pickett said, only to have her life shortened by an “act of violence” from someone she trusted.

Harvin’s attorney, Deborah St. Jean, however, argued that the state hadn’t proven Harvin acted alone, and pointed to some conflicting DNA evidence from the crime scene.

St. Jean said Tuesday that neuropsychological and psychosocial evaluations had found Harvin would benefit from clinical treatment. She said there had been “missed opportunities” for intervention during Harvin’s previous interactions with the juvenile justice system.

The evaluations had found Harvin was “years” behind his peers’ development and that, without treatment, “no good can come of that.”

Harvin appeared at court in a yellow jumpsuit and shackles. He declined to speak on his own behalf.

Then-State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said at a news conference following June’s guilty verdict that there is “no winner in this case,” noting it showed the “dire” importance of reaching young people early.

“Two people have lost their freedom,” Mosby said, “one at the dawn of their life and one at the sunset of theirs.”



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