A man convicted of killing a retired New York Times reporter was sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison today in District of Columbia Superior Court. Michael Hamlin, 24, will serve 26 years in prison after pleading guilty to second degree murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery for his part in the death of 63-year-old David E. Rosenbaum. Hamlin faced up to 60 years.

Authorities say Rosenbaum was beaten to death with a heavy plastic pipe by Hamlin and Hamlin’s cousin, 42-year-old Percey Jordan, near his home in Northwest Washington, D.C. last January. The men hit Rosenbaum in the head. He died two days later. Authorities say Hamlin and Jordan also stole Rosenbaum’s wallet. They were arrested after being caught on surveillance cameras using Rosenbaum’s credit cards.

Rosenbaum’s son, Daniel, told reporters outside the courthouse in the nation’s capitol that the murder was a “very senseless act”.

“It’s one of those things that nobody can imagine ever going through,” Daniel Rosenbaum said. “It’s something we’ll be living with forever.”

Hamlin testified that he stole Rosenbaum’s wallet but that his cousin was the one who actually killed the recently-retired reporter. Jordan is scheduled to be sentenced later this month, also in District of Columbia Superior Court. He faces a minimum of 30 years in prison and a maximum of life without the possibility of parole.

Rosenbaum’s family filed a $20 million lawsuit against the city and Howard University Hospital, citing negligence as contributing to his death. According to reports, emergency responders first smelled alcohol on Rosenbaum’s breath and thought he was drunk, failing to check for any injuries. The lawsuit states that Rosenbaum had to wait 90 minutes to see a doctor and four hours for a neurological exam. 

 

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