Johns Hopkins University
Spring/Summer 2007
Vol. 4, No. 2

NEWS

Spiegel Elected President of the American Historical Association

David Bell Appointed Dean of Faculty

New Program in Classical Art and Archaeology to Debut

Double the Impact for High School Reform

Provost Steven Knapp Tapped for GWU Presidency

Knowledge for a Changed World

A Nobel, a Lasker, a Harvey, and More: Faculty Awards Amass

> Linda Trinh's Killer Sentenced

Krieger School Mourns Three

Student Think Tank Launches at Hopkins


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Linda Trinh’s Killer Sentenced

In January, after pleading guilty to the murder of Hopkins student Linda Trinh, Donta Maurice Allen received a life sentence in Baltimore Circuit Court. Trinh was a 21-year-old biomedical engineering student at the time of the January 2005 killing in her off-campus apartment in Charles Village.

During the sentencing, Allen apologized to the Trinh family and the students of Johns Hopkins, saying he deserved a life sentence. On the eve of his trial last November, Allen, 28, admitted that he killed Trinh during a burglary attempt in her residence in the Charles Apartments, at that time a privately owned building. The university purchased the building in February 2006. In exchange for the guilty plea, Allen could be eligible for parole in about 111/2 years.

In response to the crime, the university immediately increased security on and around campus, and set forth on a comprehensive security enhancement plan to put Hopkins at the forefront of campus protection nationwide. Changes include an increase in uniformed security officers and in closed-circuit TV cameras (a total of 78 on and around campus), as well as a unique communications arrangement with city police that ensures direct contact between Homewood officers and city police dispatchers.