Page 11 of 4 DOCUMENTSThe Washington PostJanuary 15, 1986, Wednesday, Final Edition
1st Fuller Sentence Is 35 Years to Life
By Lyle V. Harris, Washington Post Staff Writer
521 wordsTimothy (Snot Rag) Catlett, one of the eight young men recently convicted of the savage murder of Cather-ine Fuller, was sentenced yesterday to a prison term of 35 years to life, the maximum, for his part in the Oc-tober 1984 slaying of the 48-year-old Northeast mother of six.D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert M. Scott, who presided over the month-long murder trial, sentenced Cat-lett to 20 years to life on a felony murder charge and 15 years to life on a kidnaping charge. The sentenceswill run consecutively.Catlett is the first person convicted of Fuller's murder to be sentenced. Nine others -- seven who were con-victed by a jury and two who pleaded guilty as a part of a plea arrangement -- are awaiting sentencing.Later yesterday afternoon, Superior Court Judge Frederick Weisberg also sentenced Catlett to a five- to 15-year term on an unrelated armed robbery and assault charge in July 1983 for which Catlett had pleadedguilty and had been placed on probation. That probation was revoked by Weisberg yesterday as a result of Catlett's conviction in the Fuller case, prosecutors said.The sentence imposed by Weisberg will run consecutively with the sentencing in the Fuller case, makingCatlett ineligible for parole for at least 40 years, prosecutors said.Before imposing sentence in the Fuller case, Scott asked Catlett if he wished to say anything, Catlett, emo-tionless, answered, "No." He stood stone-faced as Scott sentenced him.Because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that bars the imposition of two separate sentences for the samemurder conviction, Catlett was not sentenced on an additional felony murder and armed robbery charge for which he had been found guilty.The approximate one year that Catlett has already spent in jail will be counted toward his sentence.Government prosecutor Jerry Goren described Catlett as "a clear danger to the community" and urged Scottto consider Catlett's participation in the killing of a "helpless individual.""This is his third conviction for robbery and the sixth time he has been arrested. Timothy Catlett's record ishorrendous," Goren said."He has set his own rules in life. He has no respect for the rights and values of others. The community is andshould be outraged, the government is outraged, and the court should be outraged by what Timothy Catlettdid."Fuller, the target of a robbery as she was on a shopping errand, was dragged into an alley and kicked andpunched to death by a crowd of young people.Barbara Wade, Fuller's eldest sister, attended the sentencing yesterday with Fuller's husband David and afriend of the family. They said they were pleased with the sentence.