Stun-gun Rapist Gets 30 Years For Solicitation To Murder Victim

September 29, 1991

A Baltimore County man convicted of offering an undercover police investigator $1,500 to kill a Harford woman who accused him of rape hasbeen sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Michael A. Bruno, 33, of Glen Arm, was sentenced in Harford Circuit Court Monday following his Aug. 8 conviction on charges of solicitation to commit murder and obstruction of justice.

Circuit Judge Cypert O. Whitfill sentenced Bruno to life in prison, with all but 30 years of the sentence suspended.

Bruno also wassentenced to three years in prison for obstruction of justice, according to court documents. The sentence will be served concurrently with the 30-year term.

The defendant entered a plea agreement July 21saying the state had enough evidence to convict him of first-degree rape, referring to a March 1990 attack on a Baltimore County woman.

Whitfill sentenced Bruno to life in prison, with all but 20 years suspended, for the rape charge. Bruno will serve the term concurrentlywith the solicitation sentence.

The 25-year-old victim told police that Bruno and two other men zapped her with an electric stun gun and then raped her in the back of a white Lincoln limousine on March 29, 1990.

While awaiting trial at the county Detention Center, Bruno asked an undercover state police investigator, whom he thought was a hit man, to kill the woman to prevent her from testifying in court,court documents show.

The other two men charged with rape were acquitted last year after they testified during separate trials. They claimed the woman agreed to have sex with them in exchange for drugs.

Bruno filed a request Aug. 19 for a new trial in Circuit Court.

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