Plea bargain expected for 2nd defendant in kidnapping of city businessman

September 24, 1992|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer

The second person charged in the February abduction and stabbing of a Baltimore businessman is expected to accept a plea bargain with Carroll County prosecutors this morning, the suspect's attorney said yesterday.

Karen Sue Palido, of Elkridge, is expected to plead not guilty to kidnapping and armed robbery charges, but she would agree to the prosecution entering a statement of facts into the court record that contains enough evidence to convict her of those charges, her attorney said.

In exchange for her plea, prosecutors are to drop 18 other counts, including attempted first-degree murder.

This arrangement almost always results in a guilty finding by the court, but would preserve Ms. Palido's appeal rights.

Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. announced the expected plea yesterday as he canceled a motions hearing in the Palido case.

Prosecutors and Ms. Palido's attorney agreed to recommend a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison, said assistant public defender Judson K. Larrimore. Ms. Palido would be sentenced after a presentence investigation and psychiatric evaluation, Mr. Larrimore said.

Had she been convicted on all counts, she could have been sentenced to life in prison plus 50 years, Mr. Larrimore said.

Ms. Palido, 32, and her boyfriend, David Teddy Yoswick, 25, were charged in connection with the abduction and stabbing of Frank Allen Storch, a private detective and real estate management company president. Mr. Storch was found by a passing motorist bleeding and limping along Arrington Road near Sykesville Feb. 26.

Yoswick, of Overlea, pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder and kidnapping Aug. 25. Judge Burns sentenced him to life in prison on the attempted murder charge and 30 years for kidnapping. The judge suspended all but 40 years of the life sentence, which will be served concurrently with the 30-year term.

Mr. Storch had been kidnapped Feb. 25 from a Howard County motel parking lot. From there, Yoswick took Mr. Storch to another motel, handcuffed him and forced him to spend the night in the bathroom, State's Attorney Thomas E. Hickman said during Yoswick's plea.

Yoswick drove Mr. Storch to a creek along Arrington Road. When they got out of the car, the victim "was told he was going to be killed," Mr. Hickman said.

Mr. Storch was stabbed several times in the stomach, fell to the ground and had his head held under water, Mr. Hickman said. After the victim went limp in the water -- in an attempt to fool his attacker into believing he was dead -- Yoswick fled.

Yoswick then drove to a Baltimore landfill the next day and dumped a large plastic bag containing Mr. Storch's driver's license, private investigator's license, photographs, credit cards and bloody shirt, Mr. Hickman said.

Yoswick and Ms. Palido were arrested several days later outside Ms. Palido's trailer home. Each was indicted on 20 criminal counts.

Mr. Hickman could not be reached for comment on the plea bargain.

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