Aberdeen Convicted Murderer Sentenced To Life In Prison

Terrance Daryell Wanzer of Aberdeen was sentenced Feb. 13 in Harford County Circuit Court.

A 22-year-old Aberdeen man was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for the January 2011 murder of a 16-year-old Aberdeen boy.

Terrance Daryell Wanzer, 22, was convicted in November 2012 of murdering 16-year-old Thomas Burdsall Jr. in the first-degree.

During Wednesday's sentencing hearing in Harford County Circuit Court, Burdsall's mother, Jennifer Burdsall, gave an "emotional" account of the impact her son’s murder has had on both her and her family, according to a release from the Harford County State's Attorney's Office.

After hearing statements and reviewing the evidence, Harford County Judge Angela Eaves imposed a life sentence on Wanzer.

Wanzer's conviction came after a three-day trial that included testimony from several people who , according to the release.

These witnesses testified Wanzer got into an argument with Burdsall at the teen's home in on Edmund Street in Aberdeen. The older man then stabbed Burdsall in the heart and left, the release states.

Police arrived around 7:30 p.m. that night to find Burdsall's mother administering CPR to her son, according to the release.

The boy was taken to a local hospital where he died later that night.

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Paul Bull February 13, 2013 at 10:20 PM
Be out in 10years or less!! our justice system needs to be FIXED !!
denise February 13, 2013 at 11:39 PM
The justice system does not need to be fixed! Justice was served and served very well in this case!!!
Amy February 13, 2013 at 11:58 PM
I agree Paul our justice system needs alot of work, it's a sad world we live in!
denise February 14, 2013 at 12:14 AM
Hmm I wonder if you both would still feel the same if it was one of your loved ones who lost their life????
Ivy Lamb February 14, 2013 at 12:19 AM
Life in prison isn't even close to the pain of never having life again and it takes a coward to be a grown adult that would do that to a wonderful person that let's remember was a child hope he does in prison
Ivy Lamb February 14, 2013 at 12:20 AM
Hope he dies in prison
denise February 14, 2013 at 12:22 AM
Thank you Ivy!!! I hope he burns in hell!!!
alicia February 14, 2013 at 12:30 AM
He deserves what he got plus he deserves to feel pain. A life is a precious thing to loose.I say eye for a eye life for a life. Rot in he'll for what you did to tj
Taylor wheathers February 14, 2013 at 01:38 AM
Wonderful person? Know that this boy is dead he was such a wonderful person? Get real! This boy had issues he was about to get sent to free state which we all know is for the troubled teens so was this tj just that innocent in the incidents that led up to terrance allegedly doing this?more than likely not and for the comments of "I hope he burns in hell" if someone comes on here and says that about tj all of you would think it's so horrible but you have to remember everyone is loosing someone
Adrian February 14, 2013 at 02:22 AM
There is no allegedly. This man was CONVICTED of a murder by a jury of his peers. As for TJ being a good person, he was a wonderful person. I could name countless good things TJ has done for not only me but others. One of my last memories of TJ was when my mother died. TJ stood outside at my mother’s house as my step sisters co-workers formed a line of cars dropping off food. Not one of her co-workers had to get out of the car because TJ was standing there in the cold waiting for them. TJ and his grandmother had all the food ready to be served as everyone got back from the funeral. That day a number of people said “who was that young man at the house?” Everyone was so impressed by him that day. I’ve been impressed by him from the minute he was born. That is the kind of person TJ was.
tonya jones February 14, 2013 at 02:42 AM
First of all stop the negative talk this family has been through enough and second they are good ppl.I am good freinds with this Boys family justice was served the way it should have been. Jennifer u are always in my thoughts and prayers.I hope u all have some peace of mind now.. .
Taylor wheathers February 14, 2013 at 02:48 AM
Jury of his peers? So old people are his peers I think not...and I remember a comment being mention that th was being sent to freestate face the facts tj was no angel either he was a drug user that even overdosed before he had disciplinary problems in school and as statements came out during the case he thought it was okay to sling racist and derogatory terms so save the crap
rip meatball February 14, 2013 at 03:02 AM
and it was ok for his family to call tjs family white trash and leave comments giving terrence congrats on killing him?? taylor save ur shit for someone else.. im sure during the argument that night terrence was respectful with his words right?? terrence was 20 trying to have sex with a 14 yr old girl! not only is he a murderer but a child molester as well!!
Adrian February 14, 2013 at 03:13 AM
When you are dealing with the court system a jury of your peers means a jury of fellow citizens not necessarily the same age, race or gender from the same legal jurisdiction where you live. The defendants lawyer helped pick those "old people" jurors as his peers. That’s how the justice system works.
Tina February 14, 2013 at 03:17 AM
I know him personally and he wasn't some horrible person like he is being made out to be. What he did was absolutely terrible and it's only right justice is served. But he is no monster. He was a good kid with a good heart who had a troubled past and let his anger get the very best of them. Two families lost their boys. Everybody loses.
Carole Taylor February 14, 2013 at 03:18 AM
Our Governor wants to do away with the death penalty? He needs his head examined! I hope no member of his family is ever murdered..............
rip meatball February 14, 2013 at 03:23 AM
Except 1 family still gets to write talk to and see their boy and 1 doesnt!! He couldnt even find remorse or sorrow for tjs family in court! when he talked it was ALL about him and everything he was losing by his sentence!
Jennifer Burdsall February 14, 2013 at 03:42 AM
everyone needs to just stop. I admit my son was not a perfect child. I admit he said things he shouldnt have. But for those things he paid the ultimate price...his life. As Terrance is for his actions as well. I also admit that Terrance has not shown one ounce of remorse for the life he took and in court today was only concerned with what he's about to loose as a result of his actions. In the beginning I felt sadness for his family as I knew they were about to loose their loved one as well due to his actions which they had no control over. Even though their loss will never be as great as TJ's family & friends have lost its still a loss. But seeing the way they reacted throughout the trial & the hate in their eyes today I have no sadness or sympathy for them. Terrance, his family & friends can cry all the injustices they want now but justice was served in that court room today. I lay my head down tonight with peace for it.
Leslie Schildgen February 14, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Prayers to this boy's mother
Michelle Z. February 14, 2013 at 05:32 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss Ms. Burdsall.
judy queen February 15, 2013 at 01:21 AM
First I would like to start off with saying if you don't know what you are talking about you really should keep your mouth SHUT. TJ was not being forced nor court ordered to participate in the Freestate program. This was a choice he had made himself. He knew he was quickly becoming an adult and it was time for him to grow up. I am VERY proud of him for making this decision. Maybe if Terrence had seized this opportunity we would not even be here discussing this now. That clears that statement up now for the next. The so called over dose was not a drug he had purchased off the streets it was a prescribed medication to him. The doctor had just increased the mg.. When he was to take it he took 2 instead of 1. By the way is what the old script had called for. My grandsons lab work that was done by the state which was a very thorough test showed NO drugs of any kind in his system. If he had been the druggie that has been said please explain that 1. As far as a winner goes that is the stupidest thing I think I have ever heard. There is no winner. Everyone lost. This is not a game this is peoples real life.
Jennifer Burdsall February 15, 2013 at 01:28 AM
love you Momma
Tony February 15, 2013 at 04:43 AM
Life in prison means that he will have a chance to correct his ways, receive an education, and be able to show remorse for his actions when he goes before the parole board. Life without parole would have nailed the door shut. 20 years from now the convicted murderer may be walking the streets as a parolee, the ball is in his court. On the other hand, the victim in this case will still be in a coffin 20 years from now, 30 years from now, eternity, he won't be given the chance to walk the streets again. I'm sure that the appeals process is under way and if it isn't it will be soon.
Amanda H February 15, 2013 at 11:30 PM
I knew Tj since middle school. He was one of my best friends. He was by no means a bad person and would do anything for his friends. And he by no means was a druggie. He wasn't perfect but yet again.WHAT TEENAGER IS? No matter what happened that night Tj never deserved to die. I miss him so much and his killer got what he deserved! R.i.p Tj we all love and miss you
Anneliese February 17, 2013 at 03:13 AM
I am saddened to see all of these negative comments about TJ. TJ was not troubled. Troubled is a person who has been in trouble 13 times since the age of 11. Troubled is a person who compares their life in prison to TJ's death. Troubled is a person who shows more compassion for their own nieces and nephews than the Burdsall family and the unthinkable loss that they have been forced to deal with. Troubled is a person who cannot stand in silence and accept their sentence. TJ was a sweet, good person who had the rest of his life to live. Please consider the feelings of his friends and family before you post your comments....
Steve February 28, 2013 at 03:29 AM
he had a public defender. we all kno he was going to get life regardless. dunno tj but he was probably your typical Aberdeen resident so I wouldn't put the racism or drug use past him, but that doesn't mean he had to die. Wanzer has been known to be a problem in HDG and Aberdeen, though he wasnt bad as a preteen he was out of control and obviously dumb enough to stab a 16 year old white man in harford
Melissa Casteel March 03, 2013 at 05:09 AM
How can people be so heartless??This world has gone crazy..Senseless killings.How one can take anothers life without his own being threatened I will never understand.
Unknown March 05, 2013 at 05:32 PM
How can you give contgrats to someone for killing someone that they didn't..and that comment about his wanting to have sex with a 14 year old..you know there is no truth behind either of your comments and it's just some made up bulls**t. So all of you can go F yourselves.
marlo west March 30, 2013 at 02:50 AM
man fuck dat free rell he was a good person an god will for give him am not saying he rite but no bodys perfect the boy shoulda stayed n his lane this is a eye opener stay wit ur age group sorry for ur lost but i lost my home boi to hr tryed hard n life we just never had a chance god will protect u rell c u soon god willing


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