Teen Charged With Reckless Endangerment In Shooting

Boschert's Son Accused Of Firing 6 Shots Into Glen Burnie Home

March 12, 1992|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff writer

The 19-year-old son of County Councilman David G. Boschert has been charged with shooting six bullets into a Glen Burnie home, apparentlyjust missing a woman who had to be pushed out of the way by her husband.

Michael C. Boschert, who lives with the Crownsville Democrat in the 1200 block of Bacon Ridge Road, was released on his own recognizance after turning himself in to the Northern District police station Tuesday evening.

He was charged with reckless endangerment, carrying a handgun, assault and malicious destruction of property, all misdemeanors. His trial is set for June 10.

"He was very distressed over the entire incident," said the elder Boschert, who is the chairman of the County Council. "I will stand by him. He knows he was wrong. Violence is not the answer. I hope and pray that he learns a lesson. He ought to thank God he didn't hurt anyone."

The charges, filed Tuesday in Glen Burnie District Court, stem from an incident on Feb. 23, which can be reconstructed from court documents.

The younger Boschert and two friends got into a fight with John Wehn III, 17, of Glen Burnie, at anearly morning party. The records do not say where the party took place or what the fight was about.

Boschert, and two others who were not charged, went to Wehn's home in the 100 block of Saint James Drive at about 2:30 a.m., after the party, and knocked on the door.

Wehn's father answered, said his son was not home and closed the door. Almost immediately, young Boschert fired six bullets through the bay window of the one-story house from a .22-caliber handgun, court records say. The records note that four bullets passed through the living room wall and lodged in kitchen cabinets.

"Mr. Wehn said he had topush his wife back down the hallway to get her away from the bullets," court documents say.

The younger Wehn refused to talk about theincident yesterday, and David Boschert said he did not know anythingabout the party or the dispute. He said he first heard of the incident Tuesday, when county police Chief Robert R. Russell called him.

The councilman said his son bought the gun from a friend and kept itin a gun case at home. He said the gun was not registered, but that he and his son used it for target practice and skeet shooting.

"I taught him safety," the elder Boschert said. "I told him never to drive with it in a car. Unfortunately, it must not have sunk in like I thought it did. He took the gun without my knowledge. . . . He was told to register it."

The younger Boschert, who works at a car dealership in Laurel and will leave in June for basic training in the Air National Guard, was charged in January 1991 with the theft of soda coolers from a Glen Burnie convenience store. Prosecutors dropped the charge last August.

In August 1990, a 17-year-old boy was seriously injured at the Boschert home when several youths tried to crash a party given by the younger Boschert, who called police. The councilman and his wife were at the Maryland Association of Counties Convention in Ocean City at the time.

"It is just a sad, sad situation that young people are experiencing in our society," the councilman said. "I as a parent am very distressed. . . . We have to work toward making sure our children understand right from wrong. We have to make changes. I don't know how to do it."

The councilman said he would contactthe Wehns, apologize and offer to pay for all damages, which police said amount to more than $2,000.

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