Maryland Man Receives Life Without Parole for Brutal Murder and Dismemberment of Father

Westminster, Maryland – A 31-year-old man from Maryland has been sentenced to life without parole for the brutal murder and dismemberment of his father nearly two years ago. Ravi Pansuriya was found guilty of first-degree murder in the slaying of Dr. Maganbhai Pansuriya by a jury in November 2023. The sentencing was delivered by Carroll County Circuit Court Judge Maria L. Oesterreicher, who described the crime as exceptionally horrific and brutal, especially given the familial relationship between the victim and perpetrator.

The tragic incident unfolded on October 2, 2022, when a dismembered body was discovered by a passerby on Medford Road in New Windsor, Maryland. The victim was later identified as Dr. Maganbhai Pansuriya, whose head and hands were found in a separate location three days later. The investigation revealed a gruesome scene at the family home, where blood spatter and signs of struggle were evident.

Evidence pointed towards Ravi Pansuriya as the perpetrator, with blood and human tissue discovered in the family truck he was driving upon his return home. Various tools believed to be used in the slaying were confiscated from the garage, and Ravi Pansuriya’s blood-stained pants matched his father’s blood type. Additionally, surveillance footage captured him purchasing an ax on the day of the murder.

During the trial, Dr. Stephanie Dean, the Interim Chief Medical Examiner for Maryland, detailed the extent of Dr. Pansuriya’s injuries, which included multiple stab wounds, cutting wounds, and blunt force trauma to the head. The cause of death was attributed to these injuries, suggesting that Dr. Pansuriya was decapitated post-mortem.

Carroll County State’s Attorney Haven Shoemaker expressed hope that the verdict would provide some form of closure for the family and friends of the victim during such a traumatic period. The sentencing marks the end of a harrowing chapter in the small town of Maryland, where such heinous crimes are an anomaly.