WESTMINSTER — Deportation to proceed
A Carroll Circuit judge refused to modify the sentence of a Colombian national who provided information on the county's cocaine trade as part of a plea agreement to keep him out of jail.
By refusing to change Henry E. Hernandez's suspended 10-year sentence to incarceration at the Carroll County Detention Center, Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. paved the way for a May 26 deportation hearing in Baltimore.
Hernandez was among the first of three people charged under the state's drug kingpin law in Carroll. He, his brother, Fernando, and Fernando's wife, Bonnie, were indicted last January on the charges, which ultimately were dropped after all three entered into plea agreements.
Fernando Hernandez was sentenced to 14 years in state prison, and his wife was given a three-year suspended sentence. Henry was allowed to return to Miami, where he had lived for 11 years. He was to be on probation while in South Florida, and, presumably, cooperating with national drug enforcement officials.
However, he was arrested by Immigration and Naturalization Service officers two weeks after he was sentenced by Burns and is now awaiting completion of deportation proceedings. He is being held at the Wicomico County Detention Center in Salisbury.
Henry Hernandez's attorney, Public Defender Judson K. Larrimore, filed the motion for sentence modification, saying that by being arrested, the plea agreement he entered was violated.
Burns disagreed, saying in last week's denial of the sentence modification that the court "refused to be used in the matter."
By jailing him in Carroll, deportation proceedings would have been delayed.
Jury indicts Bryson
The Carroll County Grand Jury indicted Michael Clay Bryson on seven counts in connection with the death of Melrose hardware store owner Charles Therit.
In the May 6 indictment, Bryson is charged with first-degree murder, two counts of felony murder, robbery with a deadly weapon, theft under $300 and battery. If convicted on all counts, Bryson could be jailed for life.
Bryson, 25, who lives about a mile from Therit's Deep Run Hardware store, was arrested about a week after the store owner was found shot to death behind the cash register on March 25.
He is currently being held without bail at the Carroll County Detention Center.
Therit was the county's first homicide victim this year.
Because of an editing error, a quotation in a May 6 story about a Frederick man charged with sexually molesting young children over several years was mistakenly attributed to a Circuit Court judge. The quotation should be attributed to Assistant State's Attorney Barton F. Walker III.
Here is a compilation of some of the activity in county courts:
Larry Johnston Jr.: Sentenced by Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. April 29 to probation before judgment and three years unsupervised probation for manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance.
James Lauer Jr.: Sentenced by Burns to probation before judgment, with three years' probation, the first year to be supervised by the Drinking Driver Monitoring Program, for driving while intoxicated.