Man ordered to pay for damage from fight Two couples to share $3,700 in restitution

September 24, 1992|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer

A 19-year-old Annapolis man was sentenced yesterday to three years' probation and ordered to pay $3,700 in restitution for his part in a chase in December that damaged two homes and left an Annapolis woman injured.

Benjamin D. Kirby Jr. of the 100 block of Rosecroft Drive was ordered by Judge Bruce C. Williams to pay restitution to John and Ellen Bump and Brian and Jane Carlson of the Annapolis Overlook condominium complex for breaking into their homes as he chased a man who had just shot his friend.

Police said that in early morning of Dec. 21, Ralph E. Simms, 18, of the 700 block of Bay Ridge Avenue, Annapolis, was losing a fight with several men in the Robinwood public housing complex when he pulled out a gun and shot one of them, Leon Surgeon, in the groin.

Kirby and William R. Savoy Jr., 26, of the first block of Monument Street, Annapolis, chased Simms from the project into the adjacent Annapolis Overlook condominium complex.

After being thrown through the Carlsons' front window into the condominium, Simms ran out of the home to the adjacent apartment, where Ellen Bump had opened her front door because of the commotion. She offered to let the Carlsons seek shelter from the fracas in her house.

Simms and his assailants pushed their way into the Bump House, where Simms tried to use Mrs. Bump as a shield to keep from being assaulted, and called out for someone to call the police.

John Bump, the victim's husband, said the men apparently picked up a piece of wood from a construction site and began swinging at Simms, but struck his wife.

"She had bruises on her legs, on her hands, on her knees," said Mr. Bump, who was at work at the time of the attack.

"She was on the phone [to the police] while they were hitting her," he said.

Kirby and Savoy pleaded guilty July 21 to charges of burglary and malicious destruction of property.

Mr. Bump, interviewed by telephone after the sentencing, said his wife and 7-year-old daughter are continuing therapy in an effort to get over the psychological trauma of the event. He said he had mixed feelings about the sentence.

"At this point we didn't want to have to go to court and see all of them again and have to go through it all again," he said.

Simms was sentenced July 24 Court to seven years for assault with intent to maim for the shooting and three years for carrying a handgun, the two sentences to run concurrently. He received five more concurrent years for reckless endangerment and two concurrent years for cocaine possession.

Simms was also sentenced to two concurrent years for distribution of crack cocaine, stemming from a Dec. 6, 1991, arrest.

Savoy was sentenced Aug. 28 to one year in jail, with the sentence suspended. Court records show he had been in jail since Dec. 21 at the time of the sentencing. He was ordered to pay $2,500 in restitution to the Carlsons.

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