Tordil sentenced to life in prison without parole

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States Atty John McCarthy on Tordil sentencingState’s Attorney for Montgomery County John McCarthy after Eulalio Tordil's sentencing.  PHOTO BY NEAL EARLEY  ROCKVILLE – Eulalio Sevilla Tordil, who pleaded guilty in June to the murders of Malcom “Mike” Winffel and Claudina Molina as part of a two-day shooting spree at Montgomery Mall and Aspen Hill Shopping Center, was sentenced to life in prison without parole Friday.

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Sharon V. Burrell sentenced Tordil, a former police officer with the Federal Protective Services, to four separate life sentences for the murders of Winffel and Molina and the attempted murders of Carl Unger and Bolormaa Baljinnyam.

“He’ll die in jail; he will never walk the streets again,” said State’s Attorney for Montgomery County John McCarthy.


Heroes honored for saving woman's life

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Winffel family2Norma Winffel (left) receives the award from MCCF President Jim Zepp (right) on behalf of the Winffel family.  PHOTO BY JACQUIE BOKOW  

ROCKVILLE - As Norma Winffel recalled her husband and the significance of his actions May 6, she fought back tears and smiled during a meeting for the Montgomery County Civic Federation. 

“I want the world to know that he was not just a number, he’s just not a statistic,” Norma said. “He was a hero to us and now the world knows that.”

The federation awarded Norma and her family the Community Hero Award at the beginning of their meeting Monday evening at the County Executive building.

The federation’s president, Jim Zepp, said Malcom Winffel’s and Carl Unger’s actions at the Westfield Montgomery Mall during Eulalio Tordil’s shooting spree served as examples of “self-sacrifice” and “heroism.”


Multiple murder suspect pleads not guilty in Circuit Court

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Eulalio-Tordil-MCPMurder suspect Eulalio Tordil pleaded not guilty Friday morning in Circuit Court. FILE PHOTO  


ROCKVILLE – Multiple murder suspect Eulalio Tordil pleaded not guilty Friday morning in Circuit Court. His attorneys asked to postpone the trial until next year due to the amount of evidence.

The now 63-year-old former Federal Protective Services employee appeared in court for the first time since his alleged two-day shooting spree at High Point High School in Prince George’s County on May 5, and the Westfield Montgomery Mall and Giant Food Supermarket in Aspen Hill on May 6. The shootings resulted in the deaths of three people, including 44-year-old estranged wife Gladys Tordil, 45-year-old Malcom Winffel and 65-year-old Claudina Molina. During that shooting spree, three others were wounded but survived, including Winffel’s coworker Carl Unger.


Rally supports families of recent shooting

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Six area rotary clubs joined together to contribute a total of $6,000 to families of the victims of a shooting spree earlier this month that began in Prince Georges County and ended in the Aspen Hill area of Montgomery County.

Six families are to receive $1,000 each. Half the money will go to the three families whose  loved ones were killed in the May 5 and 6 shooting. They include Malcom "Mike" Winffel of Boyds, Claudina Molina of Silver Spring and the suspect's estranged wife, Gladys Tordil. 


Getting to know you


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There I sat on the back of a horse. We’d stopped for a moment on the trail last week when my wife began talking about riding horses when she was younger - long before I had the privilege of meeting her.

As we sat there tall in our saddles on our respective mounts sharing a cool libation she told me she used to ride bareback.

I was stunned. I’ve known this beautiful woman for 35 years and never knew she used to ride horses bareback.

Getting to know someone can take a lifetime.

Makes you wonder how you can pick a presidential candidate after six months of them auditioning by doing nothing but talking.

How can you ever know if you can trust someone on the national stage if you can’t talk to them and you don’t know them?

Wonder if Hillary or The Donald ever rode bareback? Hopefully they won’t volunteer to show us now. It could be disastrous.


"God Please Don't Let Me Go"

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Local man recalls getting shot after coming to the aid of woman he never met

Carl Unger picCarl Unger, pictured above, along with his good friend Malcom Winffel, saved a local woman's life during a recent shooting at Westfield Montgomery Mall. COURTESY PHOTO

What many called heroic, Carl Unger called mundane and his wife says is just an example of the heart of her “Gentle Giant.”

When a gunman opened fire at the Westfield Montgomery Mall on Friday, May 6, Unger and his good friend Malcom “Mike” Winffel came to the aid of a woman screaming for help.

“She was (saying) ‘Please help me.’ She got in between Mike (and I). We must’ve been blocking his way because he reached out for her and at the same time he just started shooting,” Unger said.

Unger said Winffel was in front of him when the gunman opened fire.

Winffel died in the gunfire and Unger found himself seriously injured.

“I was (saying) ‘God please don’t take me, please don’t let me die,’” Unger said.

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