UPDATE: Man sentenced twice for 40-year-old Christmas Eve murder

59-year-old Nathaniel Appleby-el,

A man was sentenced a second time for his role in a four-decade-old Salisbury murder.

The Office of the Wicomico County State's Attorney says on Monday, 59-year-old Nathaniel Appleby-el was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the 1977 murder and robbery of a Salisbury taxi driver. Appleby-el's new life sentence comes after his case was retried as a result of the Unger v. Maryland ruling. The decision ruled that all jury trials before 1982 were essentially unconstitutional.

The 59-year-old was convicted of murder in the first degree, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and wear, carry, transport handgun on April 11, 2018. 

On December 24, 1977, Abbleby-el shot and robbed Charles Adkins Jr. of money and several personal items. Authorities say Gerald Curtis was also involved in the robbery and murder. Adkins body was discovered in the area of area of East Road and Substation Road, in Salisbury.

After his conviction of the 40-year-old murder, Appleby-el was convicted and sentenced for the 1984 killing of correctional officer Herman Toulson at the former Maryland Penitentiary in Baltimore. Toulson was the first correctional officer to be murdered in the State of Maryland in the line of duty.   

The 59-year-old is currently serving a 66-year sentence for that slaying. 

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