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A Texas man received multiple life sentences Friday for the murder of two Lanham women and two children in 2010.

Darrell Lynn Bellard, 47, who pled not guilty during his trial in Upper Marlboro, became enraged during the sentencing and tried to attack the prosecutor, said John Erzen, a spokesman for the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Bellard’s lead attorney, Robert McGowan of the public defender’s office, did not return requests for comment by press time.

The court found Bellard guilty of killing Mwasiti Sikyala and Dawn Brooks of Lanham because he believed they stole 60 pounds of marijuana from him, Erzen said. Bellard was also found guilty of killing Brooks’ two children: Shakur, 5, and Shaila, 3.

Bellard’s girlfriend at the time, Tkeisha Gilmer of Texas, testified against him, Erzen said. Gilmer pled guilty for taking a role in the crime and is facing a maximum sentence of life in prison, Erzen said. Her trial date has not been set.

“I am very pleased that the court imposed the maximum sentence possible,” State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said in a statement. “Mr. Bellard is a threat to our community and our entire country and he deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison.”

eeastman@gazette.net