Death Penalty Will Not Be Sought In W...

Death Penalty Will Not Be Sought In West OC Murder Case

There are 25 comments on the The Dispatch story from Jan 25, 2007, titled Death Penalty Will Not Be Sought In West OC Murder Case. In it, The Dispatch reports that:

The man charged with killing a local woman in her West Ocean City parents' house will make his first court appearance on Feb.

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Mary

United States

#22 May 4, 2007
Pam and her family have always been a God centered family.

Now her family must grieve for the death of her mother which one must suspect was dramatically hastened by the horrible death of her beloved daughter.
Darin

Woodstock, MD

#23 Jul 21, 2007
6 month's down the road and I still can't seem to get this out of my head.
I think about her every single day.
I still sit and cry at night when I'm alone, the wife and kids are asleep and she...no, her death, slips into my thoughts.
Just today, my wife and I were going to Gettysburg and a song came on that reminded me of her and, though I tried I couldn't hold the flood gates. I didn't even have to tell Jen what was wrong, she just reached over and held my hand.
I truly hope I can get a grasp on this soon. I feel, no, I know this isn't a normal morning period I'm going through and I'm not sure how to let her go.
I've lost an awfull lot of people in the last few years, due to "natural" causes. I've always come to terms with their deaths, though some don't seem fair. But with Pam it's different. I can't...blame..., or use God or fate or anything as a reasoning tool to make it OK in my head.
That sick bastard ripped her from our lives, with no reason, no cause and no feeling.
I have to agree with a previous posting, he isn't worth the money to keep alive.
If you have a problem with that, give him to me, I'll be happy to be of service.
Maybe then I'd be able to let this go. If I'm still this way when he gets released, God help him, no... screw that God help me!
Chris

Redmond, WA

#24 Jul 30, 2007
Darin wrote:
6 month's down the road and I still can't seem to get this out of my head.
I think about her every single day.
I still sit and cry at night when I'm alone, the wife and kids are asleep and she...no, her death, slips into my thoughts.
Just today, my wife and I were going to Gettysburg and a song came on that reminded me of her and, though I tried I couldn't hold the flood gates. I didn't even have to tell Jen what was wrong, she just reached over and held my hand.
I truly hope I can get a grasp on this soon. I feel, no, I know this isn't a normal morning period I'm going through and I'm not sure how to let her go.
I've lost an awfull lot of people in the last few years, due to "natural" causes. I've always come to terms with their deaths, though some don't seem fair. But with Pam it's different. I can't...blame..., or use God or fate or anything as a reasoning tool to make it OK in my head.
That sick bastard ripped her from our lives, with no reason, no cause and no feeling.
I have to agree with a previous posting, he isn't worth the money to keep alive.
If you have a problem with that, give him to me, I'll be happy to be of service.
Maybe then I'd be able to let this go. If I'm still this way when he gets released, God help him, no... screw that God help me!
Darin,
His sentencing hearing is August 8 @ 9:00am. I don't know if you know or not, but my mom died on April 22.

Chris
Darin

Upperco, MD

#25 Aug 9, 2007
August 8, 2007
Gregory Stokes was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder of Pamela Balk. In addition, he was also sentenced to 3 years for the malicious attack on Sadie, her dog.
During the hearing, a few people spoke on his behalf. His mother relayed a discription of his less than appealing childhood. A friend discribed the difference in his personality following a severe beating he recieved a year or so ago. Finally his nephew's mother discribed him as a caring uncle.
Recounting Stoke's statement, the judge recalled that Stokes wrote "it was a shame, she was a nice girl" and " felt like a coward, killing a girl."
Stokes showed no emotion in the court room, rarely looking in the direction of any of us that came to support the family.
"Uncle Ed" spoke for us. Relaying our feelings to the court. He has a unique way of expressing himself that gets his message through, loud and clear. I, personally must thank him for doing so because my emotions were not going to let me speak with any tact what so ever.


This is for you, Pam. God, I miss you!!

Well I heard your goin' on a journey
and your route is laid out plain
Going where the sun shines every day
no more heart ache, no more pain

Don't pack those bags too full, my friend
Make sure you're travelin' light
& take enough of my love with you
to keep you warm at night

I hope that journey takes you everywhere
that you ever wanted to go
and the bad bits go past real quick
but the good times roll real slow

now we're all on some kind of journey
tomorow I could be leaving too
but where I ever end up goin' babe
I'll take a little piece of you

Now the heavens are weepin'
and I will not be sleepin.... tonight

Now I pray on that unseen star
No matter where you are
... You're gonna be alright!

I will be singing this song,
long after you're gone.

It's still too soon to tell, but I'm hoping that todays verdict will help ease the pain. Time heals all wounds, so they say.

....But I'll still be cryin' tonight,
TeamPajama com

Berlin, MD

#26 Aug 11, 2007
cmh wrote:
If shooting someone in the face point blank 3 times while that person is asleep, beat/mutilate the dog, steal one vehicle, crash it, come back and steal another vehicle from same residence doesn't get you the death penalty - what does it take? I think he should get the death penalty
Pam's sister
Could not agree more!

While the police were searching for him, my wife was really nervous; we live in West OC.

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