Judge says youth owes more jail time

September 09, 1992|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer

WESTMINSTER -- When Brian Myers dressed up in a military camouflage costume, broke into an Old Hanover Road home and terrorized the family living there at gunpoint last July, he "created a debt to society," Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. said yesterday.

In rejecting the 16-year-old's request to be let out of jail, Judge Beck told him he still owed on the tab. "You created a debt to society that I think you have not yet repaid," the judge said.

Myers pleaded guilty to armed robbery in March as part of a deal with prosecutors. He was originally charged as an adult with nine criminal counts, including attempted murder. The state dropped all but the armed robbery charge.

Dressed in fatigues, Myers and another boy held the family of Arthur and Janis Lockard at gunpoint. They stole the family's car and led police on a high-speed chase. The second youth was charged as a juvenile with armed robbery and burglary.

A state police cruiser was rammed by a stolen car driven by Myers, court records show.

When Judge Beck sentenced Myers in July, he said the crime cannot be tolerated in a "civilized society." The judge gave Myers an eight-year term in the Department of Corrections. He suspended seven years and ordered the boy to serve the remaining year in the Carroll County Detention Center.

Myers' attorney argued for the remainder of the sentence to be suspended so the teen-ager could begin classes at the Carroll County Technology Center.

"To let him study would be in his best interests and the best interests of society," said defense attorney J. Robert Johnson. "The defendant has been punished by incarceration. As far as rehabilitation, he has gone as for as he can go." Mr. Johnson said that letting Myers out of jail now would help his chances of growing up to be a productive member of society.

In arguing against lowering Myers' sentence, Assistant State's Attorney Kathi Hill said his crime is "one of the worst" she has seen. "The fact that he is a young man means nothing to the Lockards," she said. "I do not believe that Mr. Myers would sit here and threaten the court that if we don't let him out now, then the rest of his life is on our shoulders because we screwed it up."

Myers must spend at least another month or two in jail. His sentence began July 8, but he was given credit for 41 days served in 1991 awaiting pre-trial release. He could be eligible for parole in November, Mr. Johnson said.

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