gregory collins

LA PLATA, Md. — Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, Charles County Circuit Court Judge H. James West sentenced Gregory Deshawn Collins, 23, of Waldorf, to life without parole plus 20 years in prison for the First-Degree Felony Murder of Lynn Maher, Armed Robbery, and related charges.

On May 11, 2022, a Charles County Jury found Collins guilty of the aforementioned charges.

In commenting on the Court’s sentence, Covington said:

“The Court’s decision in this matter was appropriate. Collins permanently erased a life from this earth.  In my view, when you take someone’s life as this defendant did, you should forfeit your right to live the rest of your life as a free man.  So, the sentence was fair and reasonable.”

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On October 1, 2020, officers responded to the 7-11 convenience store located in the 3300 block of Middletown Road in Waldorf for the report of a shooting.

Upon arrival, officers discovered victim Lynn Maher, an employee of 7-11, deceased at the scene.

An investigation revealed that on the night of the incident, a male suspect entered the store and selected a 7-11 brand tea bottle. He then approached the sales counter, where Maher was working as a cashier.

The suspect brandished a handgun and announced a robbery. Maher removed all the money from the register till and gave it to the suspect. She showed the empty register till to the suspect, who pointed a handgun at her and pulled the trigger. The bullet struck Maher in the head, killing her.

After shooting Maher, the suspect put the money, a total of $249.69, in his pocket and fled the scene.

Surveillance of the incident showed that the suspect, later identified as Collins, was wearing a distinct pair of blue jeans and blue tennis shoes. A photograph was discovered of Collins wearing blue shoes on September 7, 2020, consistent with what was worn during the robbery and murder. 

Further, a search and seizure warrant was executed at Collins’ residence. During the search, a pair of blue jeans were recovered that were consistent with the suspect from the robbery and murder.  During the investigation, Collins confessed to robbing the store and shooting Maher. DNA evidence also linked Collins to the robbery and murder.

At sentencing, the Assistant State’s Attorney for the case, stated, “We do not ask for life without parole often and certainly not lightly.

The facts of this case absolutely warrant it. The defendant was on probation when he committed this senseless, horrific murder.”

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  1. It’s about time someone had enough sense in sentencing this killer. One more murderer off the street!

  2. 🙏🏾 Praying for this community, and for the family of Ms. Lynn. She was an awesome person, and the community should know that she has a positive impact on so many here.

  3. Death penalty would be better so I don’t have to continue to fund this dead weight but life w/o parole is better than a slap on the wrist.

  4. Thanks to liberal democrats this thug will live a long life in prison when he should have received what he gave Lynn!

  5. This feral thug deserved the death penalty, but the “Progressives” (sic) think that is cruel, so life without parole is the best we can hope for.

  6. With our appeals system it cost more to execute a person then to keep them in prison for life. I know a lot of you sound so bloodthirsty you would have liked this country to be more like Saudi Arabia and just beheaded this kid without a trial. The thing that made the holocaust evil was the bureaucratic way in which people were murdered. When the state or federal government executes a person that’s what goes on the death certificate as the cause of death:homocide. You think it’s a good idea for the state or federal government to murder someone because the paperwork and procedure is correct? I am sure a lot of people advocating for the state sanctioned murder of a 23 year old claim to be Christians. Christ who said turn the other cheek, let he who is without sin cast the first stone, threw belief in him a person would have forgiveness and everlasting life. Let’s not forget Christ was a victim of capital punishment. State sanctioned murder is not conducive with our nature as humans. Now if the friends or family wanted revenge on this guy I’d consider it justified homicide but don’t try to bring the state in the picture to do your dirty work. The hypocrisy of Christians in this country is unreal. I would almost concede capital punishment to them if they would lay off with the rest of these oppressive laws they justify with their religious beliefs. Usury is a sin but the car title and payday loan and pawn shops are still in business funny how none of the Christian crusaders out there try to address that.

  7. Judge H. James West is sending a very serious message of warning that if you come before me committing such egregious acts you will get life imprisoned. He has proven his message to be true with two other cases, and probably more. He is not going to tolerate lawlessness.

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