Waldorf Man Sentenced to Two Consecutive Life Sentences Plus 20 Years

January 8, 2017

Joshua Terrell Mebane, 22, of Waldorf

Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County announced that on Friday, January 6, 2017, Charles County Circuit Court Judge Amy J. Bragunier sentenced Joshua Terrell Mebane, 22, to two consecutive life sentences plus 20 years for the First Degree Murder of Teresa Bass, the Attempted Murder of Jerry Bass Jr., and the Unlawful Use of a Hand Gun in the Commission of a Crime of Violence related to the First Degree Murder of Teresa Bass.

On October 26, 2012, Mebane shot both Jerry and Teresa Bass as the couple walked their dog in the Hampshire neighborhood of Waldorf. Officers working security at the Westlake football game heard several gunshots and were on the scene within a minute. Teresa Bass was taken by ambulance to Civista Medical Center in La Plata, where she died. Jerry Bass Jr. was flown to an area hospital, where he was at one point listed in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds to his back. He survived but suffered serious health issues that took months to overcome.

Mebane was developed as a suspect in the Bass shootings during the investigation of the murder of cab driver Quadar Muhammad, 44, in Washington DC on November 7, 2012. During that investigation Mebane was identified as the shooter of Mr. and Mrs. Bass. In late 2015, Mebane was convicted and sentenced to 45 years imprisonment for the killing of Mr. Muhammad.

At sentencing for the Bass shootings, Assistant State’s Attorney, Tiffany L. Campbell told the judge, “Outside of the vicious and heinous facts of this case, Mebane’s actions after the murder warrants the maximum sentence that you can impose here.”

After imposing the maximum sentence for his crimes, Judge Bragunier agreed with Campbell, stating, “This is the only sentence I believe is appropriate and just.”

State’s Attorney Covington commenting on the sentence said, “Although it took years of waiting, Teresa and Jerry’s families finally saw justice done today. Given Mebane’s crimes and total lack of remorse, this young man should never walk the earth again as a free man. That may sound harsh but – in this case – it is just.”

Joshua Terrell Mebane, 21

Joshua Terrell Mebane, 22


15 Responses to Waldorf Man Sentenced to Two Consecutive Life Sentences Plus 20 Years

  1. Anon on January 8, 2017 at 9:55 am

    “This is the only sentence I believe is appropriate and just.”

    So three hots and a cot for the rest of miserable his life at taxpayers expense? I can think of a much more suitable sentence.

  2. Kevin Williams on January 8, 2017 at 11:59 am

    It’s such a shame that MD no longer has the death sentence. It would be so awesome to see this animal fry in the electric chair, or struggle with his last breath, after receiving a lethal injection. We really need to go back to real justice for capital crimes. Maybe even sell lottery tickets for the chance to push the delete button on these fools.

    • Delonte on January 8, 2017 at 6:34 pm


    • Christina on January 9, 2017 at 8:49 am

      The probability of the death sentence? That’ll control the crime rate! Did Maryland ever have it???

    • Jim on January 9, 2017 at 12:06 pm


      • Rob Stark Sr. on January 10, 2017 at 10:43 am


  3. Anonymous on January 8, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Anyone that voted for Owe-Mallley, Mike Miller or Mike Bush, please do not complain about this story. Thank you.

    • Joe on January 11, 2017 at 10:01 am

      Soooooooooooooooooo correct

  4. Rob Stark Sr. on January 8, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    It’s animals like this thug that the death penalty is an appropriate option for punishment. THANK YOU Martin owemalley and the democrats in Maryland for eliminating the death penalty. Look at the types of people you save!

  5. Capt. Obvious on January 8, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    He better get used to the taste of funky junk.

  6. Josh on January 9, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Way too harsh

  7. Anonymous on January 9, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Here’s hoping that his first year in prison if filled with daily beatings leading up to the finale of him chocking to death on his crappy prison food. That would be true justice.

    • Anonymous on January 9, 2017 at 3:20 pm


    • Stop&Think on January 10, 2017 at 5:57 am

      He’s 22 years old, so he’ll have many years ahead of him to watch his life waste away pointlessly, always surrounded by violent and predatory scum. His hell will simply be more protracted than his victims.

  8. Len on January 12, 2017 at 9:17 am

    This is one of the few times that I wish we could take away protection from “cruel and unusual” punishment. String him up by his ankles like a piñata, use a 3 foot long section of lead pipe, and charge $5 a swing. Let people who can’t appear in person pay online and have someone take the swing for them. Give all proceeds to the families of his victims.