Man sentenced in 2003 Essex house party shootings

A Baltimore man convicted in the 2003 shooting deaths of two men at an Essex party was sentenced to life plus 20 years in prison Wednesday, prosecutors said.

Jaron Grade, 36, was first convicted by a jury in December 2004 and sentenced to life plus 20 years, but the Maryland Court of Appeals later overturned the conviction. The panel ordered a new trial because it found that a Baltimore County judge violated Grade's rights by replacing a juror with an alternate during his trial with no input from the defense.

Grade was convicted a second time on April 3 in the deaths of Broadus Funderburke and Ricardo Cabera, both 25, who were fatally shot on September 14, 2003 during a party at a home on Punjab Circle.

A second man, Otis Edward Jones III, was also convicted in May 2004 in the shootings and is serving a life sentence.

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