Plea bargain expected in abduction

September 24, 1992

The second person charged in the February abduction an stabbing of a Baltimore businessman was expected to accept a plea bargain with Carroll County prosecutors today, 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. In exchange for accepting the plea bargain, prosecutors are to drop 18 other counts, including attempted first-degree murder.

Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. announced yesterday, as he canceled a motions hearing, that he expects Ms. Palido to accept the plea bargain.

Prosecutors and Ms. Palido's attorney, assistant public defender Judson K. Larrimore, agreed to recommend a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison, Mr. Larrimore said.

Had Ms. Palido been convicted on all counts, she could have been sentenced to life in prison plus 50 years.

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