WESTMINSTER — Robber to be sentenced
WESTMINSTER -- A 16-year-old Backwoods Road boy who pleaded guilty in April to armed robbery will be sentenced today by Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr.
Brian Myers, who was charged as an adult, originally faced nine criminal charges, including attempted murder. In a plea agreement, he pleaded guilty to the armed robbery and the remaining charges against him were dropped.
While the maximum sentence for armed robbery is 20 years in state prison, sentencing guidelines recommend Myers serve between three and eight years behind bars.
The State's Attorney's Office will ask tomorrow for a specific amount of incarceration.
State police charged Myers as an adult after two teen-agers held the family of Arthur and Janis Lockard at gunpoint last July, stole their car and led police on a high-speed chase.
A second youth was charged as a juvenile with armed robbery and burglary. His case was handled by the juvenile court.
A state police cruiser was rammed by a stolen car driven by Myers, police said. The officer and Myers were treated for minor injuries and released from Carroll County General Hospital.
Myers had tried to have his case remanded to the juvenile court system, but Judge Beck refused to do so, saying the charges against him were "horrendous" in nature. He also said that Myers "is going to need help, and that help is not only available in the juvenile system."
Myers was on supervised pretrial release before he was convicted and has been on presentencing release since then. During that time, he has received extensive psychiatric care, improved his grades at school, decided on a career and mended a troubled relationship with his father.