Man lashes out against 'rats' after being sentenced to 37 to 74 years in prison in slaying


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NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania — A man convicted in a shooting death outside a southeastern Pennsylvania bar last year lashed out against what he called "rats" after he was sentenced to decades in prison.

The (Pottstown) Mercury ( ) reports that 21-year-old Maurice Andrews Jr. of Pottstown was sentenced Tuesday in Montgomery County to 37 to 74 years in prison.

As he was escorted from the courtroom, Andrews shouted "I hate rats. I hope all of 'em die, family and all that!" He also shouted derogatory comments about detectives, prosecutors and the judge.

Andrews was convicted of third-degree murder in the March 2013 slaying of 27-year-old Victor Baez outside Brian's Cafe in Pottstown.

His co-defendant, 27-year-old Michael Hinton of Norristown, was convicted of first-degree murder and faces a life sentence without possibility of parole.

Information from: The Mercury,

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