A teenager who stabbed a blind man to death in a Bel Air apartment last summer was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison.
Donnell Graham, 18, of Bel Air was pled guilty March 12 in Harford County Circuit Court to the Aug. 5 murder of Patrick Ward, 29, in Ward’s Redfield Road Apartment. He originally faced five charges in the incident.
Police investigators said Ward encountered Graham as the youth attempted to rob his apartment. But sources told The Dagger several days after Ward’s death that the legally blind man had grown fearful of his downstairs neighbors and their friends, including Graham.
Sources said that Graham sought to steal a gun Ward kept in his apartment for personal protection, intending to use it to commit other crimes. Graham was immediately identified “by numerous citizens” as Ward’s attacker, according to court documents filed by the first Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputy on the scene.
Police said Graham was tracked by K-9 units from the murder scene to his nearby home on Fairwood Road, where he was taken into custody.