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Crazy People Are Dangerous

Posted on | March 17, 2018 | Comments Off on Crazy People Are Dangerous


Mark Andrew Topper is a registered sex offender. In 2001, when he was 19 years old, Topper was convicted of a third-degree sex offense in Maryland. However, he is not currently a danger to children because he has been in prison since 2013, and he won’t be getting out soon:

An inmate who beat his cellmate to death nearly 18 months ago while they drank alcohol in their cell at Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Thursday.
Washington County Circuit Court Judge Mark K. Boyer accepted the plea from 36-year-old Mark Andrew Topper, who appeared for the hearing with large horns tattooed on his forehead. . . .
The prosecution is asking for 25 years without the possibility of parole.
Washington County State’s Attorney Charles Strong said Topper pummeled Benjamin Hall to death after the two got in a fight while drinking alcohol in their cell Oct. 10, 2016.
Strong said an officer found Hall lying on his back in a puddle of blood. Topper had blood on his shirt and told the correctional officer, “Get him out of here. He’s done.”
Both Hall and Topper were alleged members of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang. . . .
Topper told investigators, Strong said, that he had to kill Hall because Hall punched him in the mouth and knocked out one of his teeth.
“I’m missing that tooth for the rest of my life. I don’t take that lightly,” Topper reportedly told a Maryland State Police investigator, according to court records.
Topper, who was serving a prison sentence after being convicted of robbery and armed robbery, was housed in a segregation area of the prison with Hall as his cellmate, Herald-Mail Media has reported.
Hall, 26, was serving a theft sentence at the time of his death.

Some might call this a “win-win,” in that one member of the Aryan Brotherhood is dead, while another — a convicted sex offender with “large horns tattooed on his forehead” — won’t be getting out of prison for 25 more years. But like I keep saying, Crazy People Are Dangerous.



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