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Westminster man sentenced to life without parole for first degree murder of his father

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At a hearing on May 14th, Carroll County Circuit Court Judge Maria L. Oesterreicher sentenced Ravi Maganbhai Pansuriya, age 31, of Westminster, to life without the possibility of parole for the killing of his father, Dr. Maganbhai Pansuriya, age 59, also of Westminster.

On November 17, 2023, Ravi Pansuriya was found guilty of first-degree murder in Carroll County Circuit Court after a five-day jury trial.  Deputy State’s Attorney Melissa Hockensmith who prosecuted that case asked for a sentence of life without parole commenting that this was a particularly gruesome murder.  Ravi Pansuriya did not address the Court during sentencing. 

The facts surrounding the case were as follows: on October 2, 2022, a young man traveling along Medford Road outside of New Windsor found a dismembered body lying partially in the roadway.  The body would later be identified as that of Dr. Maganbhai Pansuriya. The head and hands of Dr. Pansuriya were found by Carroll County Sheriff’s detectives three days later in Morgan Run off of Old Washington Rd.

Dr. Pansuriya was reported missing earlier in the evening by his wife, who came home from work to find blood in various places in the garage and in the house, and signs of a struggle in the bathroom.  Her son Ravi came home shortly thereafter driving the family truck.  Investigators later found evidence of presumed blood and human tissue in the bed of the truck, as well as on various tools in the garage to include hedge trimmers, branch cutters, an axe, a pickaxe, a baseball bat and a rake. They also seized several knives. The Defendant’s pants also contained the blood and DNA of  Dr. Pansuriya.  The Defendant was caught on video at a local store buying the wooden-handled axe that morning.  The body was found partially wrapped in  linens and a rug that were from the family home.  The items were duct taped around the body, and Ravi Pansuriya’s fingerprint was found on the adhesive side of that duct tape. Dr. Stephanie Dean, the Interim Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maryland, testified that Maganbhai Pansuriya was stabbed 45 times, suffered 9 cutting wounds, and had blunt force injuries of the head. He died of those blunt and sharp force injuries.  Dismemberment of the head and hands was most consistent with being inflicted after death.

Carroll County State’s Attorney Haven Shoemaker commented on the sentence, “Murders this exceptionally horrific and brutal rarely occur in Carroll County, especially one committed by a son against his father.  We hope that this sentence brings some solace to the family and friends of Dr. Pansuriya during what must be a very traumatic time for them.”

The case was prosecuted by Melissa Hockensmith, Deputy State’s Attorney, and Elizabeth Camuti, Senior Assistant State’s Attorney, and was investigated by Detective Devin Herold of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.

Ravi Pansuriya

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Original Press Release: Press Release.Pansuriya Sentencing

 


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