Clipped From The Daily Times
West OC murder Worcester County's year started out in a way no one expected with the January murder of Pamela Balk at her parent's West Ocean City home by her boyfriend, Gregory Stokes, 30, of Baltimore. Initially, the murder was discovered discovered after Stokes was involved in a motor vehicle crash while allegedly drunken driving. After police had stopped Stokes, they were informed of the murder by a tip from a former classmate of Stokes who said he had confessed confessed to killing Balk. Stokes shot Balk to death while she slept, after a night of partying with drugs and alcohol, alcohol, brutally beat Balk's dog and stole and wrecked Balk's father's car in Salisbury, police said. After originally pleading not criminally responsible by reason reason of insanity in June, Stokes pleaded guilty to second-degree second-degree second-degree murder and aggravated cruelty to animals and was sentenced to 33 years in prison.