Day after Carter's murder conviction, his father is found guilty on drug charges Elder Carter draws 15 years BALTIMORE CITY

November 19, 1992|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff Writer

When it comes to issuing denials that don't ring true, Dontay Carter is a chip off the old block.

One day after a jury found the East Baltimore teen-ager guilty in the beating death of a Catonsville man, another jury found his father guilty on four drug charges.

Both father and son denied the charges to the end.

Jerome Carter, 36, was convicted yesterday of possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute the two drugs, said Sharon R. Holback, a prosecutor in the Narcotics Investigations Division of the Baltimore state's attorney's office.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Clifton J. Gordy immediately sentenced Carter the elder to 15 years in prison, the prosecutor said.

As guards handcuffed him yesterday, Jerome Carter confirmed that he is the convicted murderer's father.

He said he had no comment on the verdict reached Tuesday in his son's trial.

Ms. Holback said Jerome Carter was arrested in connection with a May 5 raid on a house in the 1500 block of N. Bethel St. Police found 89 vials of cocaine, 16 caps of heroin, more than $900 in cash and a "tally sheet" showing $15,000 in drug sales during the week before the raid, the prosecutor said.

Ms. Holback said he had been seen in or near the house 15 to 20 times a day by an Eastern District patrol officer whose surveillance prompted the raid.

Taking the stand in his own defense, the elder Carter said he was a drug addict, according to Ms. Holback, who added: "He said the worst thing he'd ever done was steal money from his mother's pocketbook and he's an accomplished thief but he doesn't deal drugs."

Jerome Carter has a record for drug arrests going back to 1976 and was paroled after serving a portion of a 10-year term imposed in 1984 for possession with intent to distribute heroin, the prosecutor said.

He received a one-year sentence for violation of probation in July, she said.

Although they both find themselves in custody of the state Division of Correction, it is unlikely father and son will cross paths any time soon.

Jerome Carter has been serving his violation of probation at the Maryland Correctional Institution in Hagerstown.

Dontay Carter is being held in solitary confinement in a cell next to the gas chamber in the Maryland Penitentiary's "death house."

On Wednesday, Dontay Carter was found guilty of first-degree murder and kidnapping in the beating death of Vitalis V. Pilius. He also is awaiting trial in two other kidnappings from Baltimore parking garages.

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