Baltimore man sentenced to life in prison for 2017 Odenton murder

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WBFF) -- Antonio Eugene Diggs, 30, of Baltimore, was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Nathan Ford, 24, in Odenton, according to Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams.

A judge sentenced Diggs to life in prison and an additional five years without the possibility of parole for first degree murder and related charges.

"Antonio Diggs has repeatedly shown that he cares more for the contents of a wallet than the life of another human being," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "Shortly after robbing and murdering Mr. Ford, Mr. Diggs victimized yet another member of our community. Judge Jaklitsch's strong sentence reflects the justice that our community needs to feel safe and sends the clear, undeniable message that those who would harm our citizens will be dealt with harshly."

On January 13, 2017 at approximately 10:15 p.m., Ford was walking from the New Starr Inn in Odenton toward his home on Conquest Way when he was approached by Diggs who was armed with a large caliber revolver.

Diggs took the victim's cell phone and fired four shots, striking the victim once on the side of the head and once in the left thigh. Ford ran from Diggs and made it to the side yard of his home before collapsing on the ground, where he subsequently died from his wounds.

During the investigation, Anne Arundel County Police learned that approximately forty minutes after killing Ford, Diggs used the same revolver to rob a female victim in the parking lot of a supermarket.

Diggs pleaded guilty to this armed robbery on September 19, 2017, and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The sentence handed down today will run consecutively to Judge Crooks' sentence.

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