WESTMINSTER — A 32-year-old Union Bridge man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday by Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck.
Donald Allen McCall was convicted in July of manslaughter and battery in the Feb. 8 stabbing of 24-year-old Roger Childers Jr.
McCall had been charged with first- and second-degree murder in Childers' death. The stabbing occurred around 3 a.m. when a confrontation between the two men that began in E. J.'s bar in Union Bridge resumed in front of McCall's apartment building.
In handing down the 10-year sentence, Beck said McCall was an irresponsible person who tries to run away from his problems and won't grow up.
He said McCall had been on probation for one crime or another since 1978. McCall has prior convictions for breaking and entering, forgery, possession of drugs and fleeing the scenes of crimes. He violated his probation four times in one case, Beck said.
Beck said McCall had been given many chances, and he wasn't going to give him another one.
McCall's attorneys, David B. Wiesgerber and J. Barry Hughes, argued that because of mitigating factors in the case -- such as the threats made byChilders during the fight and the fact that Childers came to McCall's home -- their client should receive less than the maximum 10-year sentence.
But Assistant State's Attorney Kathi Hill disagreed, arguing McCall should receive 10 years.
"No matter what sentence you give Donald McCall," said Hill. "It is much better and fairer than thesentence Donald McCall gave Roger Childers."
Hill told Beck of the effect Childers' murder had on his family.
"This is a family devastated and destroyed by a killing," said Hill. "This is a mother andfather who will never live a happy and normal life again."
POLICE LOOK FOR SUSPECTS
WESTMINSTER -- State police are searching for two suspects in connection with the armed robbery of a fast-food deliveryman Tuesday night.
Police said the man was robbed while making a delivery to a business on Hahn Road.
When he arrived at the business, he was confronted by one of two men in a blue, late-1970s Chevrolet Camaro, police said.
The delivery man told police that when he arrived in the parking lot, one of the men called him over to the carand then displayed a .45-caliber or 9mm pistol.
After demanding the delivery man's cash and food, the suspects fled, police said. The suspects were later seen traveling eastbound on Hahn Road toward Route 27.
Police said the suspects apparently called in the food orderfrom a pay phone and gave the restaurant a false number to call back.
The first suspect is described as a black male in his mid 20s with muscular build and a deep voice. There is no description of the second suspect.
Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call Tfc. Chris Hannon at 876-2101.
TRIAL AND MOTIONS RESET
WESTMINSTER -- The trial of a Hampstead man accused of killing his wife's lover has been postponed until Dec. 1.
Deputy State's Attorney Ed Ulsch said last week that the trial of Charles Albert Rhodes Jr., of the 800 block of Houcksville Road, has been moved from its original Oct. 9 court date.
A hearing on motions filed by the defense in the case also was canceled Wednesday and rescheduled for Nov. 14.
Rhodes is charged with first- and second-degree murder and manslaughter inthe April 6 shooting death of 40-year-old Steven Edgar Rupp. Police said Rupp and Rhodes lived in the same house, with Rupp sharing a bedroom with Rhodes' wife.
Rupp and Rhodes' wife were having an argument and Rhodes came to the aid of his wife when the shooting occurredaround 9:30 p.m., records show. Rupp was shot twice in the face witha 20-gauge shotgun, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
BANK ROBBERS SOUGHT
State police still are searching for severalsuspects in separate armed bank robberies in Carroll over the last few months.
The most recent hold-up occurred Sept. 6, when a gunmanentered the Westminster Bank & Trust branch at routes 32 and 91 in Gamber at 2:20 p.m. He forced five employees to lie on the floor whilehe emptied three cash drawers.
Police did not disclose how much money was taken.
The bank gunman is described as a 6-foot-tall white male, 25 to 30 years old, of medium build with dark hair. He wore blue jeans, a white T-shirt, white tennis shoes and a white baseball cap.
No arrests have been made in any of the recent bank robberies.
Anyone with any information on the holdups is asked to call the state police at 848-3111.
LIONS GIVE TO STATION
MOUNT AIRY -- The Mount Airy Lions Club has donated $15,000 to the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company to help with the construction of a new fire station.
The check was presented to the fire company Sept. 10 at the club's meeting.
In appreciation for the donation, the fire company will hang a bronze plaque in the club's honor on the door of a meeting room in the station. The Lions Club donation came out of its proceeds from its annual June carnival.