Man gets 18 years for stabbing of Crofton tan salon attendant

September 27, 1992|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer

A 25-year-old Annapolis man was sentenced to 18 years in prison Friday for stabbing an attendant at a Crofton tanning salon last year in a drug-induced attack the victim said "changed my life forever."

Circuit Court Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr., agreed to recommend Raymond Hoggard Jr., for treatment at the Patuxent Institution after an hour-long hearing that included testimony from Hoggard's father and a defense psychiatrist.

The sentence was the maximum possible under a plea agreement worked out weeks ago between defense lawyer Keith Krissoff and Ronald M. Naditch, assistant state's attorney.

Hoggard pleaded guilty to assault with intent to murder.

In pronouncing sentence, Judge Thieme cited both the "extremely violent nature of the attack" and the fact Hoggard was convicted of assault with intent to rape and burglary charges in 1984.

"You're lucky the woman wasn't murdered," Judge Thieme told Hoggard.

Police said the victim, Michelle McIntire, was lying on a tanning bed in a cubicle at the Sun Seekers Tanning Salon in Crofton shortly before 6 p.m. April 2, 1991, when Hoggard burst through the unlocked door and began stabbing her repeatedly about the face, neck arms and chest.

When Ms. McIntire's screams for help brought others to her booth, Hoggard fled through a rear door.

Mr. Naditch said Hoggard was so frenzied that he stabbed himself in the attack.

Police who were called to the scene trailed Hoggard to a grassy area near the Shoreline Seafood Building along Route 3 in Crofton, where they found a bloody butcher knife with an 8-inch blade. Police said that Mr. Hoggard did not know Ms. McIntire.

By coincidence, the victim's brother and estranged husband were on the paramedic crew called to help Hoggard, who apparently stabbed himself during the attack.

The hearing yesterday included part of a victim impact %o statement written by Ms. McIntire that Mr. Naditch read to the court.

Ms. McIntire said she has had to undergo five surgical operations and faces a "constant reminder" of the assault because of the 16 stab wounds it has left on her body.

She also said that physicians say she will never regain the use of her left arm and has trouble making a living because she can no longer work as a medical assistant.

The attack "changed my life forever," Ms. McIntire wrote.

She suffers physical pain, sleeplessness, has anxiety attacks, has had her brother move in with her because of anxieties about her security and has trouble explaining her difficulties to her 4-year-old son.

"To this day people ask me if the bad guy who did this is still in jail. Thank God, I can tell them yes. But one day I'm afraid I will no longer be able to tell them that," she wrote.

After the statement was read, the "bad guy" stood up at the defense table and tried to apologize.

"I was not in control of my mind or of my body that day. I don't know what had control of me that day," Hoggard told Judge Thieme. "I'm sorry for the pain to Michelle McIntire. I'm sorry for the scars and the emotional scars that she's going to have to live with the rest of her life.

There also was testimony from Dr. Neil Blumberg, a Timonium psychiatrist, and from the defendant's father, Ray Hoggard Sr.

Dr. Blumberg said Hoggard suffers from a borderline personality disorder that causes him to react unpredictably when he drinks or uses drugs.

The defendant's father said his son's seven-year prison term on the attempted rape and burglary charge filed at age 17 transformed him from a troubled youth into a time bomb.

"He needs treatment. Without it, one day he'll get out again and then we'll all be in danger," the father said.

Hoggard pleaded guilty to assault with intent to murder, which carries a maximum of 30 years.

But Mr. Naditch said he agreed to recommend an 18-year prison sentence as part of the agreement because tests by defense and prosecution physicians showed Hoggard was under the influence of drugs and alcohol during the attack, which would make it difficult to prove he had sufficient mental capacity to kill someone intentionally.

Police said they learned from Hoggard's sister that he had been using LSD in the weeks before the attack.

Physicians at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center who examined him said it is likely he may have been having flashbacks from LSD at the time of the attack, Mr. Naditch said.

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