Sentence Is Delayed

Court docket

April 12, 1992

WESTMINSTER — For the third -- and final -- time, a Baltimore man who pleaded guilty last year to trying to hire a hit man to murder a friend had his sentencing delayed.

Barry Kolodner was to be sentenced by Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. on Wednesday, but attorneys for the man said that his brother was having surgery and it was necessary for him to bethere.

Kathi Hill, an assistant state's attorney who prosecuted the case, said last week that sentencing has been reset for May 21.

"This is absolutely the last time," she said.

Kolodner pleaded guilty inDecember to agreeing to pay a county man $1,500 to kill Michael Blickman, a Baltimore man to whom Kolodner owed $8,000 in gambling debts.

In exchange for the guilty plea, Kolodner is expected to be sentenced to no more than 18 months in state prison.

Court records showKolodner owed Blickman more than $8,000 lost on a gambling machine in Blickman's East Baltimore arcade. Blickman had been pressuring Kolodner to pay.



WESTMINSTER-- The plea agreement between George C. Smith III, who is $13,000 behind in child support payments, and the State's Attorney's Office wasapproved by Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. last week.

Smith, 33,pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of non-support of a minorchild, but he agreed to allow only the state's version of the facts to be heard. As is usually the case with people who make such a plea,he was found guilty, and was sentenced to two years in state prison.

Smith also had a charge of violation of probation against him closed, and he had the amount of money he owes in child support to his Carroll former wife reduced to a civil judgment. The judge also imposed $1,450 in costs -- the amount of money it cost to extradite Smith from Florida.



WESTMINSTER --A former Maryland man who had his drivers license revoked here and in Pennsylvania will be spending his days off from work at the CarrollCounty Detention Center for the next five months.

Michael Finn, 27, of Littlestown, Pa., was given a suspended two-year state prison sentence on Thursday and ordered to spend Sunday through Tuesday nights at the detention center as part of a conviction for speeding and driving with a revoked license.

The man will have to be transported to the detention center by someone else, as Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. reminded him that he is barred from driving in Maryland.

Finn, who was driving a brown van along Route 194, was stopped by a state trooper on Oct. 8 after the trooper observed him traveling at 72 mph in a 55 mph zone. During the traffic stop, Finn showed the trooper a Pennsylvania drivers license. A computer check revealed that his Pennsylvania license had been recently reinstated after it was suspended, but that his driving privileges in Maryland remained revoked.

The charges for driving with a revoked license and speeding came after a May 16 conviction for eluding a police officer.


Here is a compilation of some of the activities in Carroll County Courts:

Circuit Court

Howard Blaustein: Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. issued a bench warrant for his arrest April 6 when he failed to appear to answertheft charges. The warrant carries no bond.

Sharon Comegys: Sentenced by Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold to 12 months of supervised probation and 20 hours of voluntary community service on April 2 for a theft conviction.

Renea Gelling: Sentenced by Judge Burns to one year in the Carroll County Detention Center, all suspended, and three years of supervised probation on April 6 for a theft conviction.

James Groves: Sentenced by Judge Arnold to three days in the Carroll County Detention Center and given credit for time served on April 2 for a conviction for breaking and entering a dwelling.

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