2nd Canadian Given 8 Years For Shooting

February 11, 1992|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff writer

A Canadian man, the second of two soldiers convicted of shooting at state troopers last June near Davidsonville, was sentenced yesterday to eight years in prison.

Pvt. Donald Roger Nelson, 21, was sentenced to eight years for assault with intent to murder and eight years -- with at least five to be served with no chance for parole -- for ahandgun charge. The sentences, which are to be served concurrently, are identical to those received last month in county Circuit Court byhis co-defendant, Pvt. Eric W. Schumacher, 21.

Both Nelson and Schumacher, who were absent without leave at the time of the shooting, are expected to be returned to Canada to serve their sentences, either through a treaty on prisoner exchanges between the two countries or through extradition. Both men also face charges in the shooting of a Toronto police officer six days before the June 6 incident on U.S. 50.

County State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee, who had asked that Nelson be given a sentence beyond the five tonine years recommended under state guidelines, said he was disappointed in the sentence.

He had told Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr.: "Thepublic relies on police officers to protect it. When they are shot at, it's up to us to protect them and set an example for others who donot respect the uniform."

District Public Defender Alan R. Friedman, representing Nelson, described his client as a "very normal youngman" who made a series of mistakes in judgment before finding himself in a shoot-out with state troopers.

Trooper Kimberly Bowman walked away from the shoot-out without injury but with a bullet lodged ina handcuff case on her belt.

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