February 1, 2013 -- Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Sylvester Cox sentenced Kenneth Todd Brunetti, 41, today to life plus 25 years in prison for murdering Lois Jean Vance Smyth in 2011, stealing her car and bank card, and leaving her for dead in a park.
On May 29, 2011, the victim left her Anne Arundel County home at roughly 2:30 p.m. to drive to Baltimore City to meet Brunetti, purportedly to attend a cookout with him. In January of the same year, the two found each other on Facebook and rekindled a friendship that had begun in high school.
Less than four hours later, at 6:19 p.m., the victim's body was discovered in Leakin Park by a woman jogging along the Gwynns Falls Trail. She had been shot one time in the head and killed.
Two days later, the police arrested Brunetti at a motel in the 5800 block of Reisterstown Road, where he was observed getting into the victim's missing car. He also was in possession of the victim's stolen bank card.
In December 2012, a Baltimore jury convicted Brunetti of first-degree murder, two handgun violations, auto theft, and theft of less than $1,000. The new sentence is to run consecutively to the nine-year sentence Brunetti is currently serving for armed carjacking.
Assistant State's Attorney Andrea Mason prosecuted the case.