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Innocent Taxi Driver Derald Howard Guess Was Killed as part of Gang Hazing Ritual

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On Dec. 8, 2004, Wayne Bond Jr. and Darrell Levon Miller, 21, called for a cab to a cul de sac in the Harford Square neighborhood. Guess, a driver for United Sedan Service, was dispatched to pick them up. Shortly after entering the cab, Bond shot Guess in the temple as part of his initiation into the Bloods gang. Miller pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in exchange for testimony against Bond and will be sentenced next week.

“There was no reason in the world to shoot that man,” said Assistant State’s Attorney Diana A. Brooks. “Only a person who is cold-blooded, with no sympathy or empathy for anyone would do that.”

Bond’s attorneys, aware that a life sentence was likely, argued that he was susceptible to peer pressure and had pent-up anger that could, in time, be resolved.

Harford Circuit Court Judge Thomas E. Marshall said he would give Bond the possibility for parole because of his age and potential for change. He told Bond that he deserved worse, however.

“You deserve it,” Marshall said of life without parole. “I see no remorse whatsoever. This act and your record merit life without parole.”

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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