ANNAPOLIS -- A hitchhiking Canadian fugitive who led police on a 41-hour manhunt in June was convicted yesterday of assault with intent to murder in a shootout with two state troopers along U.S. 50 near here.
Pvt. Eric W. Schumacher, 21, one of two Canadian soldiers charged with two counts each of assault with intent to murder and other crimes in the June 6 incident, entered an Alford plea in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. Under the plea, he did not admit guilt but conceded there was enough evidence to convict him.
He could get 50 years in prison at his Dec. 17 sentencing.
Attorney Timothy D. Murnane said he will ask Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. to give his client five to eight years, in accordance with non-binding guidelines.