From Maryland State Police:
(Bel Air, MD) – A second man convicted in the 2008 murder of a Havre de Grace man was sentenced to life without parole today in Harford County Circuit Court.
Demetrius D. Lovelace, 37, of Temple Hills, Md., was sentenced to life without parole for first degree murder. He was also sentenced to 20 years for armed robbery, to run concurrent with the first degree murder sentence. Lovelace was sentenced to 15 years for conspiracy to commit robbery, which will run consecutive to the armed robbery conviction, but concurrent to the sentence for murder. He received five years for the illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon that will run consecutive to the armed robbery and the conspiracy to commit robbery, but concurrent to the murder.
Judge Thomas E. Marshall, of the Harford County Circuit Court, handed down the sentences today. The State was represented by Scott H. Lewis, Deputy State’s Attorney for Harford County.
Lovelace was convicted and sentenced for the murder of Alan Zurita, 29, of Havre de Grace, Md. Zurita was found on the shoulder of I-95 near Rt. 24 at about 2:30 a.m. on April 1, 2008. He had been shot and fatally wounded.
An investigation into Zurita’s murder by the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit also led to charges against Damon M. Jackson, of Havre de Grace, Md., who was 33 at the time of his arrest one week after the murder occurred. Jackson was convicted of first degree murder in February 2009. He was sentenced in Harford County Circuit Court to life in prison in April of last year.