UPPER MARLBORO – The State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO) announced the sentencing of a local man charged with murdering four individuals and the attempted murder of a fifth victim.
The quadruple murder case dates back about three-and-a-half years, and 28-year-old Lawrence Rogers Jr. of Capitol Heights was sentenced to serve five consecutive life sentences, four of which don’t include the possibility of parole for killing four people and the attempted murder of another, announced SAO on Dec. 5.
“In addition, he received 100 years for five counts of use of a handgun in a crime of violence, and 15 years for illegal firearm possession. Twenty-five years of that time are mandatory,” the SAO said in a release.
Rogers was originally charged with three counts of first and second-degree murder after fatally shooting 50-year-old Carline Renee Gray of Orleans Avenue in Forestville, 55-year-old Jan Marie Parks of Dunbar Avenue in Landover and 60-year-old Allen Rowlett of Marion Street in Forestville on June 24, 2016, at an unidentified home in Forestville, according to the Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD). Gray, Parks and Rowlett were pronounced dead on the scene, and the other two victims were critically wounded and taken to a hospital. Months later, said the SAO, 65-year-old Harold Williams died.
According to recent reports, the fifth victim, identified as Jonathan Givons, “survived being critically wounded.”
On Sept. 27, Rogers was convicted of a total of 17 charges including four counts of first-degree murder and four counts of second-degree murder according to the SAO.
Authorities have not identified a motive in the homicides, confirmed an SAO official.
“This horrific and heinous crime committed by Mr. Rogers is a blatant disregard for human life. There is no indication that he knew the victims and there are still unanswered questions for the families,” State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy said in a statement released by her office.
“While there is no consolation for this tremendous loss, we believe that justice was served today. This hefty sentence illustrates that we will protect our community from individuals like him. We can now rest in knowing that this violent man will never walk the streets of Prince George’s County again.”
During Rogers’ trial, an assistant public defender noted that money, jewelry and drugs remained in the Forestville home after the shooting, “so it wasn’t a robbery,” notes an Associated Press report.
Braveboy credited the surviving victim for offering tips that led to the arrest of Rogers, in addition to the efforts of local law enforcement officials. In addition to his five consecutive life sentences, Rogers will serve a total of 115 years behind bars.
“This substantial prison sentence would not have been possible if not for the diligence of the senior prosecutor on this case, the willingness of the surviving victim who identified the shooter as well as the fine work of the Prince George’s County Police Department.”