UPDATE: Accomack Co. man sentenced for role in 2016 murder in Pocomoke City

SNOW HILL, Md. - A man was sentenced to the confines of a cell for his part in a 2016 murder of a man, in Worcester County.

The Office of the State's Attorney for Worcester County says on Friday, 36-year-old Anthony Tunnell, of New Church, was sentenced on the charge of first degree murder for his role in a 2016 homicide that happened in Pocomoke City.  Tunnell was sentence to life without the possibility of parole for the murder of 26-year-old James Allen II, of Pocomoke. The Accomack County man was found to be guilty for his role in the murder after a two day trial on August 12. 

On December 1, 2016, Tunnell shot Allen once through the back during the late evening hours, in Worcester County. During sentencing, Deputy State's attorney Bill McDermott asked for the maximum penalty stating that on that day, "Anthony Tunnell planned, orchestrated and successfully effectuated a calculated, cold blooded drug cartel style assassination because he believed someone stole his marijuana supply. Mr. Tunnell decided to be judge, jury and executioner, and as certain as James Allen will never breathe again, a sentence of Life without the Possibility of Parole will ensure that Anthony Tunnell never harm another person in our community". 

The Honorable Judge Richard Bloxom apparently gave the following comment before imposing his sentence stating that on December 1, 2016 Tunnell went into Worcester County with the intent "to assassinate James Allen." The judge reportedly noted that one of the purposes of the sentencing is to protect the community from people like Anthony Tunnell, and that the sentence of life without the possibility of Parole would accomplish that purpose.

This case was investigated and prosecuted by the Pocomoke City Police Department, The Worcester County Criminal Bureau of Investigations, The Maryland State Police and The Office of the State's Attorney for Worcester County.

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