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Pasadena Man to Serve 25 Years for His Role in Murder Conspiracy

Tremain Calhoun has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in the murder of a Glen Burnie man over a $200 drug debt.

Tremain Calhoun sentenced to 25 years in prison. Photo Credit: File|Patch
Tremain Calhoun sentenced to 25 years in prison. Photo Credit: File|Patch
Pasadena resident Tremain Calhoun, 25, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in a murder last year of a man who was on the phone with 911 dispatchers at the time of his death.

Darren Dwayne Bell, 26, of the 500 block of Round View Road in Glen Burnie was shot and stabbed multiple times in January 2013, according to a previous Patch story. Bell was found dead when Anne Arundel County police arrived at the scene. Authorities said the attack was the result of a disputed drug debt.

Police arrested Eric Banks, 48, of Baltimore and charged him with first-degree murder; Erica Banks, 27, of Glen Burnie and Calhoun were both charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

According to the Capital Gazette, prosecutors said the dispute had started between Erica Banks and Bell over a $200 drug debt. Erica Banks had asked Calhoun to beat up Bell; she had also asked her father, Eric Banks, to help, the newspaper reported. Eric Banks shot Bell and stabbed him to death with Calhoun’s knife.

Capital Gazette reported that Bell had called 911 twice prior to his murder. He was on the phone when the gunshot went off. Police found Calhoun and Erica Banks in a vehicle near the wooded area, and Eric Banks came out of the woods moments later covered in blood.

Calhoun claimed he had no idea Eric Banks had planned to kill Bell when he arrived.

“I’m not a murderer,” Calhoun said, according to the Capital Gazette, “but I did make a bad decision by agreeing to beat him up.”

Calhoun had entered into an Alford plea that allowed him to remain innocent while carrying the same sentence as a guilty plea.

Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Philip T. Caroom sentenced Calhoun to a 40-year sentence, suspending all but 25 for his cooperation in the cases against Eric and Erica Banks, according to Capital Gazette. Calhoun testified that he had seen Eric Banks shoot Bell, then stab him repeatedly.

Eric Banks was convicted of second-degree murder, and faces a 30-year sentence. His daughter was also sentenced to 30 years.

Capital Gazette reports that prior to sentencing, Calhoun had apologized to Bell’s family for his death, calling it a “tragic situation.”

Calhoun will face five years of probation after his release.

Crime Solver May 16, 2014 at 09:19 PM
Agreed to beat him up?? Hmm as a grown man don't you have enough common sense to know a real FRIEND wouldn't put you in perdicament to break the law (even a misdemeanor). You gotta have a better excuse cuz even a fight could land a fatal blow. Now you got 25 years to reflect and be lucky you still breathe fresh air!!

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