Man Who Stabbed Friend to Death in Harper's Choice Gets 5 Years

Anthony Patrick Parker was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in April.


A man who was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in April for stabbing a friend to death in September 2011 was sentenced to five years in prison at Howard County Circuit Court on Friday morning.

Anthony Patrick Parker, 54, surrendered to police the day after he stabbed Philip Edward Wise, 46, in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 5500 block of Harper's Farm Road in Harper's Choice.

Parker, who is listed in court records as having addresses in Columbia and Gwynn Oak, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in Wise's death after a trial in April.

During the trial, it was reported Wise and Parker were part of a group of six people traveling in a van looking for scrap metal when they changed plans to head to a cookout in Wilde Lake, according to reporting from Explore Howard.

However, after they found out the cookout wasn't taking place, Parker and Wise engaged in an argument, which led to a fight outside the van, according to Explore Howard. During the fight, Parker stabbed and killed Wise with an eight-inch blade, but he claimed during the trial it was self-defense, according to the article.

On Friday, assistant state's attorney Susan Weinstein asked Judge Louis A. Becker for a sentence of 10 years, stating, "[He] is a danger to the community and a danger to the people he knows," according to Wayne Kirwan, a spokesperson for the Howard County state's attorney's office.

Becker sentenced Parker to 10 years, suspending five, but ordered Parker to be placed on supervised probation for five years after his release, according to Kirwan.

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Colliemom September 29, 2012 at 03:55 PM
What? Thought better of Howard County sentencing. Anyone who stabs and killls a "friend" should be removed from society for our protection for far longer than 5 years. Suspect the "looking for scrap metal" may well have involved illegal activity as well. Probation means nothing. Why did the judge shorten the term to 5 years from the recommended 10? The only chance Howard County has of avoiding a crime wave (currently one seems to be in progress) is keeping a reputation of having good police arrest rates coupled with long sentencing. Take a wealthy community and surround it with pockets of poverty = trouble.
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