Man Given 20-year Term For Knife Assault, Robberies

April 15, 1992|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff writer

A Glen Burnie man was sentenced yesterday to 20 years in prison for slitting the throat of a co-worker's father during a burglary attemptlast October.

Bernard Albert Will, 31, pleaded guilty to assault with intent to murder. The attack left 44-year-old Joseph Wagner hospitalized in critical condition with numerous stab wounds, including aneck wound that stretched nearly from ear to ear.

Will also was ordered to serve two 10-year sentences for robberies last October at a drug store and a sandwich shop in Glen Burnie. Hewill serve those sentences concurrently with the sentence for the assault on Wagner, court records show.

Police responding to a reportof a stabbing around 11:30 a.m. last Oct. 30 found Wagner lying in the yard in front of his home in the 100 block of Herbert Court in theSun Valley community of Glen Burnie. Wagner, bleeding profusely fromnumerous stab wounds, told police, "The guy my son brought home lastnight tried to rob me. His name was Will."

Police said Will apparently entered the home to steal money. While in the house, he confronted Wagner, which led to an argument.

Wagner was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment of stab wounds to his chest, stomach and neck.

In court records, Wagner says he was in the ShockTrauma Center for more than two weeks and missed 18 weeks of work ata Baltimore supermarket because of his injuries. He says the injuries caused him to lose his sense of smell and left his neck, his left hand and the top of his head numb.

After the attack, police began their search for Will, a co-worker of Wagner's son at Browning-Ferris Industries. He turned himself in to police the following day and was charged with the assault and the other robberies.

In both robberies, Will jumped on the counter and demanded money from the stores' cash registers.

Will is described in court papers as a heavy user of crack cocaine.

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