Keith Little, the hospital employee convicted in the stabbing death of his supervisor at Suburban Hospital in Montgomery County, was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Monday, ABC7’s John Gonzalez reports.
Little, 49, of Lanham, was convicted for the murder of Roosevelt Brockington Jr., 40, an engineer responsible for heating and cooling in the building.
In court, Little said he felt sad for what happened to someone he described as a friend. But the victim’s family said Little didn’t seem to grasp the extent of what he’d done.
"I think he's still in denial. He just hasn't grasped it yet,” says Rosaland Brockington, the victim’s sister. “But I think the time he's going to be sitting there. He will."
Brockington’s family cried in court while watching video of him singing in church. They described him as a man devoted to his faith and was always willing to lend a hand.
"I don't know if there will ever be closure,” says Mary Paulette Brockington, the victim’s mother. “This is the closest thing to it."
Brockington was found stabbed to death in a basement office on New Year’s Day in 2011. Little stabbed Brockington, his supervisor, more than 70 times after receiving a bad performance review, authorities said.
It was the second time Little has been accused of killing a co-worker. Little was tried and acquitted in 2006 for second-degree murder while armed, possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, and carrying a pistol without a license.
The charges in that case were in relation to the Feb. 3, 2003 murder of Gordon Rollins, who worked at the same company as Little at the time, according to charging documents by D.C. Superior Court. Little was charged in 2005 and indicted on those charges in 2006.
After Little was sentenced to life without parole Monday, State's Attorney John McCarthy said Little refused to take any responsibility for the crime.
"That sentence was well deserved,” McCarthy says. “This case revealed a man who had seethed in anger for a long time."
Brockington's family said the sentence was appropriate. Now, more than a year later, Brockington's family finally wants to put an end to this horrible crime.
"It will give us a want, an urge to keep going and remember our son," says Roosevelt Brockington, the victim’s father.