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Wicomico County Man Cleared of Murder, Still Heading to Prison

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By Kye Parsons and Bill Mich

SALISBURY, Md.- A Wicomico County man found not guilty last month of murder in an elderly man's beating death is heading to prison on a handgun charge related to the case. 

On Friday, a judge sentenced 35-year-old Paul Tatem to 15 years in prison with the limited possibility of parole for possession of a firearm with a felony conviction. Tatem was also given another 13 years for violation of probation for a total of 28 years behind bars. 

Last month, a Wicomico County Circuit Court found 35-year-old Paul Tatem not guilty of first- and second-degree murder and first- and second-degree attempted murder as well as two counts each of armed robbery and other related charges. However, the jury did find Tatem guilty of one charge: possession of a firearm with a felony conviction.

Tatem was accused of murdering 72-year-old Donald Mariner. Mariner was found beaten to death in his home on Pemberton Drive last April.

The prosecution's case failed to convince the jury that Tatem broke into Mariner's home to intentionally rob and murder Mariner and his roommate, Creston Pumphrey, who said he was also attacked.

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