Life Sentence for Conspirator in 2010 Hess Murder

Susan Datta was convicted on murder and conspiracy charges after providing the gun used in the shooting death of William R. Porter.

The woman convicted of providing the gun used in a 2010 murder-for-hire case was sentenced to life in prison on Monday.

Susan Datta of Middle River on murder charges for providing the gun used in the March 2010 killing of William R. Porter, owner of the Hess gas station on East Joppa Road in Towson.

Judge Thomas Bollinger ruled that Datta will serve two concurrent life sentences for first-degree murder and conspiracy and five years without parole for use of a handgun in comission of a crime of violence.

Porter's wife, Karla—Datta's sister—is accused of arranging the murder-for-hire scheme that led to his death. She is set to stand trial in March.

Walter Bishop, the gunman, to two life sentences, plus 20 years. Three other co-conspirators are set for sentencing hearings in the next two months.

fred4401 June 05, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Ray was a great guy. We were buddy's for years. R.I.p. ray ....you are missed
Jennifer davis June 05, 2012 at 02:29 PM
My children were staying in the home where Walter Bishop was found after he commited this horrific crime.a It was the home of a great friend of mine....Many lives were affected as a result. My life will never be the same . If we knew of his crime , my kids would never hav.e stayed in the very same home... My heart goes out to every family affected by this tragedy... It has taken from all familys involved
Patricia Hunkovic June 05, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Thank GOD for justice! It wont bring him back but at least justice was serve. May he rest in peace.
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