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After Retrial, Wicomico County Man Convicted of Attempted Murder in Machete Attack

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EDEN, Md.- For the second time, a Wicomico County jury has convicted an Eden man of attempted murder for attacking another man with a machete. 

On Thursday, Dec. 12, Gregory David Sterling Sr., 62, was found guilty of attempted first-degree murder and one count of wear, carry and transport a deadly weapon with intent to injure after a two-day trial presided over by Judge Leah J. Seaton.

Seaton postponed sentencing pending the completion of a pre-sentence investigation.

Sterling had been previously found guilty and sentenced to life in prison after a jury trial on the same offense. However, he successfully appealed that conviction to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals in June of 2019, where he was granted a new trial on the grounds that he was improperly advised of the maximum penalty.

Prosecutors said that on May 2, 2016, in the area of 4120 Disharoon Road in Eden, Sterling attacked another man with a machete. Court records show that prior to the attack, Sterling told the victim, “I’m gonna rob you and I’m gonna kill you." Prosecutors said Sterling then stabbed the victim 10 times, striking him first in the stomach, and then striking him an additional nine times in which his lungs were punctured and his kidney was lacerated.

During the attack, a good Samaritan observed the incident from his vehicle and attempted to place his vehicle between Sterling and the victim while calling 911.

Prosecutors said that following the arrival of the good Samaritan, Sterling ran into the woods and attempted to hide the machete along with his bloody clothing, but was later apprehended.

Located on Sterling’s person was money belonging to the victim that was covered in the victim’s blood.

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