Man convicted of misdemeanors in plea bargain Eldersburg man choked girlfriend, police reported

September 30, 1992|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

An Eldersburg man who had been charged with breaking into his girlfriend's home and trying to strangle her in front of her parents was convicted yesterday of two misdemeanors in a plea bargain prompted in part by his apparent reconciliation with the woman.

"Me and Kendra are trying to work things out," defendant Charles T. Lindenberg, 24, told Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr.

"We are planning to get married, have a family," Mr. Lindenberg said as his girlfriend, Kendra Ann Conaway, sat beside the prosecutor, Deputy State's Attorney Ed Ulsch.

Mr. Lindenberg pleaded not guilty to an agreed statement of facts that Judge Beck ruled contained enough evidence to convict the defendant of battery and breaking and entering.

In return for the agreement, prosecutors dropped a felony charge of assault with intent to murder, which holds a penalty of 30 years in prison.

After hearing the prosecutor's statement, the judge found Mr. Lindenberg guilty of the misdemeanors and sentenced him to a year on supervised probation.

The judge also ordered Mr. Lindenberg to continue the counseling he started at Family and Children's Services, and to pay court costs and fees to cover his supervision during the probation.

"There was stress between the two of them and they were in separate counseling at the time of the incident," said defense attorney David H. Pratt of Mr. Lindenberg and Ms. Conaway.

Mr. Pratt asked the court to grant probation before judgment on the misdemeanor charges.

"The charges were filed by the officer [who arrived on the scene], not Ms. Conaway," said Mr. Pratt.

Ms. Conaway told police who arrived at her home April 26 that Mr. Lindenberg had broken into her apartment while she was out with her parents.

She told police that after she discovered Mr. Lindenberg there, he began arguing with her about their relationship.

The argument ended when Mr. Lindenberg told Ms. Conaway "he was going to kill her and he began choking her with his hands," court documents said.

As Ms. Conaway's father, Kenneth Mathias, Jr., tried to stop Mr. Lindenberg from hurting Ms. Conaway, her mother, Beatrice, called police.

Ms. Conaway eventually broke away from Mr. Lindenberg and ran outside, where police found her.

Ms. Conaway obtained a restraining order against Mr. Lindenberg to force him to stay away from her.

But a few days later, she asked for the order to be lifted.

She said in a letter to the State's Attorney's Office that since she was in counseling she would be able to deal with seeing Mr. Lindenberg.

The two now live in Ms. Conaway's Barnette Avenue apartment, where the attack occurred.

Mr. Lindenberg works at a construction job, according to court records.

When the prosecutor asked Ms. Conaway if the agreement was what she wanted, she told the court "Yes," and sat silently at the prosecution table until the judge handed down the sentence.

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