WESTMINSTER — A 21-year-old man who fled the Sykesville prison camp, stole a torch, a truck and welding equipment from a Hampstead farm and, along withthree friends, broke into an Owings Mills theater was sentenced Monday to seven years in state prison.
As part of an agreement with the State's Attorney's Office, William E. Harlow Jr. pleaded guilty to a theft charge in connection with the March 18 break-in at the Lippy Brothers Farm. The seven-year sentence is to run concurrent with Baltimore County convictions stemming from the break-in at Painters Mill Theatre. A fire set by one of Harlow's companions destroyed the theater, causing more than $1.4 million in damage.
Harlow and Bradley Spitler, 20, of Harford County, escaped from the Sykesville prison facility and broke into a storage barn on the farm, court records show. The equipment stolen from the farm was used by Spitler -- who pleaded guilty to arson on Feb. 26 in Baltimore County -- to set the blaze.
Two other defendants, Freddie Lee Ferguson, 28, and Debra A. Mann, 23 -- as well as Harlow -- pleaded guilty tobreaking and entering last July in Baltimore County Circuit Court.
DRUG SUSPECT FREED
WESTMINSTER -- An 18-year-old man who has been charged with 19 drug possession, distribution and conspiracy charges was released from the Carroll County Detention Center after a judge granted him bail on Monday.
Robert J. Stevenson Jr., a Pennsylvania resident, was indicted on Feb. 21 by a county grand jury on eight counts of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, five counts of conspiracy to distribute, three counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
The charges carry the possibility of more than 276 years in state prison.
Stevenson was denied bail after turning himself in to police, court testimony showed. The part-time carpenter and father of a 2-month-old child had been the subject of a Carroll County Drug Task Force probe, in which undercover agents were used to makecontrolled buys of marijuana.
Stevenson's attorney, Stephen P. Bourexis, persuaded Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. to grant $25,000 full bond for the defendant. He argued unsuccessfully to allow the posting of 10 percent of that figure.
Following is a compilation of some of the activities in Carroll courts:
Carol Forst: Sentenced by Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. to probation before judgment with two years of supervised probation and two years participation in Drinking Drivers Monitoring Program on Monday for driving while intoxicated.
Michael Glover: The Carroll County Office of the Public Defender entered their appearance as attorney for his upcoming criminal non-support of a minor child trial on Monday.
Daniel Mann: Sentenced by Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. to six months in the Carroll County Detention Center with all time suspended, and two years of probation on Monday for an assault and battery conviction.
Richard Quayle: Sentenced by Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. to probation before judgment, with one year of supervised probation and participation in the Drinking Drivers Monitoring Program on Monday for driving while intoxicated.
Lindsay Solomon: Sentenced by Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. to probation before judgment and one year of unsupervised probation on Monday for speeding.
Louis Vicarini: Sentenced by Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. to probation before judgment and one year participation in the Drinking Drivers Monitoring Program on Monday for driving while intoxicated and speeding convictions.