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Maryland shooting spree suspect sentenced to life without parole

Eulalio Tordil (PHOTO: Prince George’s County Police)

ROCKVILLE, MD — The man who went on a two-day shooting spree across two Maryland counties was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for his actions on the second day in Montgomery County that left two people dead.

Eulalio Tordil, 64, was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for the first-degree murder of Malcom “Mike” Winffel, 45, and to three consecutive life sentences for the first-degree murder of Claudina Molina, 65, and the attempted first-degree murders of two others on May 6, 2016.

Tordil pled guilty to the charges in April.

“The shooter in the case, Mr. Tordil, he’ll die in jail. He will never walk the streets again,” said Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy following the sentencing.

In court, Tordil’s defense team painted him as a good man who had two bad days. In court and afterwards, McCarthy countered that argument and said it was only the crimes themselves that took two days.

“However, he had planned, I think, and prepared for this for weeks, if not months and so this was not two bad days in the life of a man,” added McCarthy. He said Tordil was motivated by financial troubles and a restraining order filed by his estranged wife. He added Tordil wrote letters mentioning “suicide by cop” and his potential victims weeks before hand. “He was apologizing in advance to the innocent people he might kill. He knew what he was about, he wrote about what it was about.”

Tordil did not apologize personally in court, but through his lawyers said he had “regret, remorse, and sorrow”.

In court, the victim’s families did not seem to accept his apology. Winffel’s wife called Tordil “a monster” who has taken no real ownership of his evil-doing.

Molina’s daughter criticized Tordil’s defense and said she has faced problems similar to Tordil, but did not turn to killing people. She added her mother was brave and a fighter to her last breath.

Molina was found dead in her car holding Tordil’s glasses and prosecutors believe this may have stopped his shooting spree as after this shooting at the Aspen Hill Giant, Tordil spent the next few hours in a shopping complex next door before being arrested.

Tordil will remain imprisoned in the area until he is sentenced in Prince George’s County on September 6 for the first day of his shooting spree when he killed his estranged wife, Gladys Tordil.