January 24, 2009 05:45 PM

Baltimore County Circuit Judge Thomas J. Bollinger sentenced 16-year-old Nicholas Browning to four life terms on Friday for the 2008 murder of the boy’s family.

Last year, after a bloody rampage at the family home in an upscale Baltimore suburb, Browning, an honor student and former Boy Scout, tearfully confessed to shooting his mother and father, John, 45, and Tamara Browning, 44, and two younger brothers, Gregory, 13, and Benjamin, 11, on February 2, as the family slept.

In his confession, the teen claimed an argument with his father – and long-term abuse – were motivations for the crime. After the shooting, Browning tried to make it appear as if there had been a break-in at the house.

Bollinger ordered Browning to serve two consecutive life terms and two concurrent life terms in prison. With good behavior, the teen could be eligible for parole in 23 years.

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