Five men were sentenced to prison yesterday for their roles in the fatal shooting of a Belair Road gun shop owner during a robbery last September.
Baltimore Circuit Judge Elsbeth L. Bothe imposed sentences ranging from 20 years to life on the five men, who were among eight to plead guilty in the murder of 53-year-old Charles E. "Eddie" Scheuerman.
Mr. Scheuerman, owner of the Northeast Gun Shop in the 4900 block of Belair Road in Gardenville, was shot in the chest with a shotgun by robbers who emptied gun cases on two walls before fleeing.
James C. Blackwell, 24, of the 2200 block of W. Baltimore St., was sentenced to life in prison. He was one of four men who entered the gun shop during the robbery.
The other men sentenced yesterday had not been in the gun shop but pleaded guilty to felony murder, admitting their involvement in the robbery that ended in death.
Malcolm Bradford, 22, of the 2300 block of Brookfield Ave., was sentenced to life in prison with all but 25 years suspended. Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, he had faced a maximum sentence of life with all but 40 years suspended.
Sentenced to life with all but 20 years suspended -- the maximum under their plea bargains -- were Lawrence Bell, 39, of the 2300 block of Druid Hill Ave.; Anthony A. Miller, 19, of the 1200 block of Clendenin St.; and Ulysses G. Scott, also of the 1200 block of Clendenin St.
Three other men who actually fired weapons during the robbery already are serving prison terms of life plus 50 years, said prosecutor Julius Silvestri.
A ninth man, accused of driving one of the getaway cars used in the robbery, was acquitted of murder and related charges after a jury trial earlier this month.
A bystander was shot and wounded during the Sept. 11 robbery.
While the two victims were lying on the floor, the four robbers broke glass cases in the gun shop, removed 43 to 50 handguns and stuffed them into a green canvas duffel bag. They fled in three cars, but witnesses to the daylight assault wrote down license plate numbers.