CAMBRIDGE — After 20 years since the murder of ECI Correctional Officer Gregory Guy Collins the man charged in 2019 with that crime was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
John Michael Ingersoll Jr. was found guilty in June of committing the first-degree murder of Collins, a Vienna resident, after he left the Westover prison for home on June 4, 2001. Colllins was reported missing and a trooper noticed a wooded area along Indiantown Road, one mile east of Rt. 331, where a Toyota pickup truck had left the roadway and Collins was found deceased inside from a gunshot wound.
At sentencing on Nov. 5, Dorchester County Circuit Court Judge Brett W. Wilson tacked on 20 years for use of a handgun to commit a violent crime, with five of those years mandatory. Ingersoll’s sentence was backdated to start when he was indicted on Sept. 13, 2019.
Ingersoll, now age 48, had pleaded not guilty to all charges. Dorchester County State’s Attorney William Jones was the prosecutor. Public Defenders Michelle Moodispaw and Wesley Moore handled the defense.
Collins, 31, was a three-year veteran of the Division of Correction and a member of the Maryland National Guard. "Although the Collins family will continue to live with this tragedy, we are relieved to see justice served," said AFSCME Council 3 Director Stuart Katzenberg. "We hope this brings some peace of mind to the Collins family and the men and women who served with Officer Collins at ECI."
AFSCME Council 3 represents all correctional officers and support staff in the State of Maryland.
Following Ingersoll’s guilty verdict the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services through spokesman Mark Vernarelli said, "Our hearts go out to the Collins family for their heartache, and the Department thanks the investigators and prosecutors who worked tirelessly to bring closure to this case."
In addition to his wife Collins left behind a 5-month-old daughter. Now a young woman, she was the beneficiary of more than $28,000 for college expenses raised by correctional officers and friends of her father through crab feasts and other fundraisers.