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Nicholas Browning biography: 13 things about Cockeysville, Maryland man

Nicholas Waggoner Browning is a white man from Cockeysville, Baltimore County, Maryland, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He was born in Maryland to John W. Browning and Tamara Browning. John was a real estate lawyer while Tamara was a homemaker.
  2. He was 2 years older than his brother Gregory Browning and 4 years older than his brother Benjamin Browning.
  3. In June 2006, he, his brothers and their parents were at their vacation home at Deep Creek Lake in Maryland.
  4. In 2007, he entered Dulaney High School in Cockeysville. He was an honor student, the leader of a Boy Scout troop and a skier. He played varsity golf and lacrosse.
  5. On February 1, 2008, he used his father’s gun to fatally shot his two younger brothers and their parents while they were in bed then went to a friend’s house to play video games.
  6. On February 2, 2008, he invited friends over to their house in Cockeysville for a party. Upon arrival, he came out of the house to say he had found his father’s body on the ground floor and called 911. 
  7. On February 3, 2008, he confessed to murdering his two younger brothers and their parents. He was charged as an adult with four counts of first-degree murder and booked into the Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson, Baltimore County in a special section for juveniles.
  8. On February 4, 2008, a judge denied bail for him.
  9. On October 27, 2008, he pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree murder.
  10. On January 23, 2009, Baltimore County Circuit Judge Thomas J. Bollinger sentenced him to four life terms in prison with two life terms to be served consecutively.
  11. On January 17, 2014, he appeared in a courtroom in Baltimore County and asked for a reduced sentence, which was denied by the judge.
  12. In the 2020 PEN America Prison Writing Contest, his “Little Gardens” won first place in essay while his “A Funny Story” was an honorable mention in Edward Bunker Prize Fiction.
  13. He was 29 years old when his “Solitude” won third place in Edward Bunker Prize Fiction in the 2021 PEN America Prison Writing Contest.

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