WESTMINSTER — Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold upheld the prison sentence of a Baltimore man convicted in the county's largest residential break-in.
On Tuesday, Arnold declined to reduce the sentence of Byron P. Pantazonis, saying that the crime was too serious and that Pantazonis' rolein the crime merited keeping him in jail for seven years.
Pantazonis and his girlfriend, Julie R. Wilt, were convicted lastyear of theft as part of a scheme to steal more than $260,000 worth of antiques from the Westminster home of Emily Fink. Wilt was given probation before judgment by Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr.; Arnold sentenced Pantazonis to a 12-year sentence, with five years suspended.
Arnold heard testimony several weeks ago on the reduction request, in which Pantazonis was seeking to have 2 years shaved off his sentence.
Wilt, who was convicted of the 1984 murder of her husband, testified in support of the sentence reduction, saying she was the mastermind in the thefts.
Pantazonis is serving his sentence at the Eastern Correctional Facility in Weston.
ARMED ROBBERY DEAL SET
WESTMINSTER -- An 18-year-old Ellicott City man pleaded guilty Wednesdayin the September holdup of a Sykesville video store.
As part of an agreement with the State's Attorney's Office, Nicholas Alexander Vennari was sentenced to 10 years in state prison, but will be requiredto serve 13 months in the Howard County Detention Center.
Vennariwas charged Sept. 10 with armed robbery, robbery, assault, conspiracy and theft in the Sept. 6 holdup of Show Time Video Inc. According to court records, a clerk at the video store was held up with a toy gun and more than $350 was stolen from the store.
Court records showthat Vennari and a friend, Kenneth Ray Perkins, split the stolen money.
Court records also say Vennari was the driver of the getaway car.
GLOVER GOES TO COURT
WESTMINSTER -- A man who owes more than $12,000 in back child support payments will appear before Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold again tomorrow.
Michael Glover, 42, a former automobile industry executive, faces an initial appearance on misdemeanor charges of criminal non-support of a minor child. The one-time Carroll resident is father to Sherree Brown's three sons. She, her husband, Michael Brown, and the boys live in Westminster.
Since turning himself in to Carroll sheriff's deputies March 11, Glover has appeared twice before Arnold. In his first appearance, he was unsuccessfulin an attempt to have bail set. He has been held since then at the Carroll County Detention Center without bail.
Glover's second appearance was about two weeks ago, when he lost custody of his son, who had lived with his parents since last fall. Sherree Brown won custody.
Criminal non-support of a minor child carries a possible three-year jail term. Usually, those found guilty of the charge are given work-release sentences, but prosecutors have said they will seek a prison sentence for people who haven't paid for an extended period.
Glover was ordered by Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. to make monthly payments of $725.97 to Brown after she gained custody of her two oldestsons in 1989. To date, he has paid $450 of the court-ordered support.
Glover is one of three high-profile non-support cases in the last two months here. Calvin Thornton, who owes more than $17,000 in back support, and George C. Smith III, who owes about $13,000, are in the Carroll County Detention Center awaiting trial.*
Here is a compilation of some of the activities in Carroll courts:
Edwin Doster: Sentenced by Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. on March 25 to one year in the Carroll County Detention Center with all but four days suspended, and three years participation in the Drinking Drivers Monitoring Program for a driving while intoxicated conviction.
Richard Michaels: Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. on March 25 issued a warrant for arrest because of failure to appear for trial ontheft charges.
Alice Morgan: Sentenced by Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. on March 25 to probation before judgment and one year of unsupervised probation on a speeding conviction.
Edward Myers Jr.: Sentenced by Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. on March 25 to one year of unsupervised probation before judgment for a theft conviction.
Daniel Weidner: Sentenced by Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. on March 25 to probation before judgment, one year supervised probation and one year participation in the Drinking Drivers Monitoring Program for a driving while intoxicated conviction.