Man Sentenced to Life Plus 50 Years for the Murder of Michael Beers

July 30, 2018
Bryan Javier Aquice, 25, of Arlington, VA

Bryan Javier Aquice, 25, of Arlington, VA

Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County announced that on Friday, July 27, 2018, Judge William R. Greer, Jr., sentenced Bryan Javier Aquice, 25, to a sentence of Life plus 50 years for the murder of Michael Beers and other related charges.

The Court imposed a sentence of Life for the murder of Mr. Beers and two 25 year sentences for the first degree assaults of Cheryl Krehling and Edward Glaze, Jr. All of the sentences are to run consecutively. Aquice was convicted by a Charles County jury on April 13, 2018 after 5 days of trial.

At that trial, some of the evidence the jury heard was the following: On January 12, 2016, officers responded to the 11500 block of Terrace Drive in Waldorf for the report of a shooting. While on the scene, officers found Michael Beers with multiple gunshot wounds to his body, as well as bruises and abrasions. Beers was pronounced dead on scene.

An investigation revealed that two masked men, one armed with a gun, arrived at the house earlier that evening in attempt to rob Beers. Upon entrance to the residence, the masked men discovered victim Edward Glaze, Jr., then physically assaulted him and demanded him to enter a room occupied by Beers and co-defendant Rena Crandell. Krehling, the owner of the residence, was also forced to enter the room with a gun to her head.

While in the room, a struggle ensued between Beers, Glaze, and both masked men. During the struggle, a ski-mask was removed from one of the men, revealing his face. Beers was shot multiple times at close range by the masked suspect during the struggle. The masked suspect was also shot during the struggle. The other occupants of the room were able to escape or remain unharmed. After shooting Beers, the two suspects, as well as Crandell, fled the scene together.

The ski mask that fell off during the struggle was sent to the Maryland State Police laboratory. Results from a DNA analysis of the mask were consistent with co-defendant Reigel Paul Wamack being present during the attempted robbery and murder. Wamack also fit the homeowner’s description of the unmasked man.

Aquice was identified as the masked shooter by Wamack’s testimony, which was corroborated by cell phone records, as well as medical records indicating Aquice went to the hospital within 12 hours of the murder to be treated for his injury.

During his argument that the Court should impose a life sentence, Assistant State’s Attorney John Stackhouse, emphasizing the horror of this crime, told the judge that the Defendant, during a home-invasion robbery, shot Beers in the leg to compel him to give up the money they wanted. He and his co-defendant physically fought with the victim and then the defendant executed the man by shooting him at point blank range in the head. He also emphasized that Aquice could have stopped at any time – instead he killed a father of three in the most violent way imaginable. The defendant, by his malicious, premeditated action, has earned and deserves a life sentence.

Covington, commenting on the Court’s sentence said, “I have long believed that anyone found guilty by a jury of First Degree Murder should forfeit his right to walk around this planet as a free man. The Court’s sentence ensures this convicted murderer will be behind bars for the rest of his days. That is how it should be – that is justice.”

Bryan Javier Aquice, 25, of Arlington, VA

Bryan Javier Aquice, 25, of Arlington, VA

21 Responses to Man Sentenced to Life Plus 50 Years for the Murder of Michael Beers

  1. Bobo McGuirk on July 30, 2018 at 6:46 am

    This state is way too soft on trash like this. Bring back the death penalty.

  2. Where's Ole Sparky when we need him?? on July 30, 2018 at 7:02 am

    No doubt this POS is an Obumble dreamer.

    So now he will live out his worthless waste of a life on the tax payer’s dime.
    This murdering stealing bastard should never have been allowed into this country.

    Hope someone in the pen “offs” his worthless a$$, with the same compassion he had on his victims. He even looks like he’s saying “That’s right – what you gonna do gringo?”

    • Anonymous on August 2, 2018 at 8:58 am

      Old sparky was in Florida.

  3. Anonymous on July 30, 2018 at 8:04 am

    He is 25 and will probably live to be 85. If there was any justice he would not make it to 30. Murderers should be given 2 to 4 years to appeal then executed immediately after their last failed appeal.

  4. Adam 12 on July 30, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Another turd flushed.

  5. Anonymous on July 30, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    One less savage going to Point Lookout State Park.

    • BuildATallWall on July 31, 2018 at 9:15 am

      Good eye!

  6. Matrix on July 30, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Obumble really that’s what your going with, yes you are right he should get the death penalty but trumpees like you are more sickening

    • runonsentenceman on July 30, 2018 at 8:45 pm

      I’m sickened by your run on sentences that don’t seem to ever have any punctuation or any point really they just go on and on and on seemingly without end but always have some reference to trump that is completely irrelevant to anything else in your sentence or in the thread generally really

      • matrix on August 3, 2018 at 3:09 pm

        this is in reply to Where’s Ole Sparky when we need him?? but obviously you didn’t read his so do me a favor and shut up

        • matrix on August 7, 2018 at 5:06 pm

          that’s right once again I was unable to figure out how to reply to the correct thread which is why i don’t use punctuation or correct spelling i just drone on and on and on and on about how all of you trumptards are retards who support trump or something and your all stoopid but i do it on the wrong thread so my idiotic comments make even less sense to anyone with half a brain i only have a quarter so it makes perfect sense to me and also anyone who voted for trump is a moron

      • Anonymous on August 4, 2018 at 4:50 am

        And I’m sickened that you’re sickened! Get a life!

        • matrix on August 7, 2018 at 5:08 pm

          please don’t vomit on my carpet because its bran new and i was to cheap to get the stain resistant coating that keeps barf from staining it k thanks otherwise thank you for your support I’m sure your not a trumptard or anything equally stoopid

    • Matrix Reboot on August 6, 2018 at 7:04 am

      Matrix – Still butt-hurt from 2016. Barry was a complete failure for 2 terms and then his girl Hildabeast lost her bid….again.

      A true pussy willow, (without the tree).

  7. Ray on July 30, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    ^^ I think you’re jumping to conclusions there….
    This man committed 1st degree murder in America and was punished according to the local rule of law.
    I agree with you, this man should not be imprisoned for the remainder of his life on the tax payers dime.
    I believe in the death penalty however, this is not Iraq. We don’t string people up in the middle of the
    street an execute them. We don’t cut the hands off of thieves. We don’t stone people to death. We are a
    civilized society. This man was punished and hopefully, with time the victims family can move on from this.
    I just can’t stand how political/judgmental/nasty/hateful these comments tend to get. It’s ridiculous. Prayers
    for the victims family.

    • Ray is a hypocrite on July 31, 2018 at 8:19 am

      Yet here you are commenting. Talk about judgmental. Hello pot, it’s the kettle.

    • McMuffin on July 31, 2018 at 9:17 am

      I’m love’n it!

    • Truth is Here on August 1, 2018 at 12:27 pm

      What a load of log stew.

      Why don’t we ask Mr. Spic-n-Span if his violent murdering of Beers was “civilized”.

      If we had a bit more stern public discipline, there would be far less of this despicable soulless behavior to deal with.

  8. Anonymous on August 2, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    Could someone persuade that this isn’t an excessive sentence? We shouldn’t have the reaction to a sentence that it isn’t excessive. If it looks excessive, it is excessive. Please explain why this isn’t excessive, if it isn’t. The criminal defense attorney has the obligation to zealously defend the client because . . . it could be that the cda is just waiting to go to the States Attorneys office when theres an opening. I would work for the States Attorneys office, but there aren’t any openings right now, so I must do criminal defense, and I really don’t believe in criminal defense.

    • Just My Humble Opinion on August 7, 2018 at 12:01 pm

      Since logic and fair justice disappeared, just before voiding timely use of “the electric chair” by most state legislatures, it is hard to answer your plea with any anchored degree of satisfaction.

      HOWEVER, what I personally “theorize” is that when a multiple crimes (including murder) case such as this, brings a strong, evident conviction under public scrutiny, judges that care about their own popularity in the community often assign sentence expressly lengthened to negate any potential for early release or parole.

      It is ridiculous – Yes. As are concurrently run sentences and the criminal serving having the standard expectations that the actual term will be half of what is handed down from the bench. How about the added fact that trials are really pre-decided behind closed doors by the opposing attorneys, the SA and the trial judge? The courtroom scene merely theatrics produced solely for the record, or the media’s details at eleven.

      But until/unless we return to fair, honest, stern, and consistent justice in our courts – such folly will remain commonplace. And I expect this to only worsen, since the appointed majority of liberal judges in the land are shameless and could care less what they turn loose on society. And attorneys are forever more “creative” in their progressive efforts to reinterpret or pervert the laws protecting citizens, while expanding criminal rights unto the imaginary rehabilitation of said criminals, for huge sums of money.

  9. The Sausage Brain on August 5, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    When does he get the tear drop tattoo?