Daniels admits abduction BALTIMORE CITY

December 03, 1992|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff Writer

Damien "Day Day" Daniels, charged with Dontay Carter in the kidnapping of a Johns Hopkins Hospital doctor who was stuffed into the trunk of his car, faces no more than 12 years in prison after pleading guilty yesterday to attempted first-degree murder and related charges.

Daniels, 18, also pleaded guilty in Baltimore Circuit Court to kidnapping, armed robbery and using a handgun in a crime of violence in the Feb. 7 abduction. Had he been convicted on all counts, he would have faced a maximum penalty of life plus 70 years.

The guilty pleas were the product of negotiations that began two weeks ago when prosecutors, defense lawyers and judges sought to nail down court dates for five trials stemming from a kidnapping spree laid to Carter. During a Nov. 20 hearing, prosecutors offered a 25-year sentence with all but 10 years suspended, but Judge John N. Prevas suggested a 12-year sentence, with no time suspended. Daniels accepted that offer yesterday. Daniels is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 12. His sentence will include a minimum of five years with no chance for parole resulting from the handgun charge.

Asked whether she thought the sentence contained in the judge's offer was adequate, prosecutor Vickie L. Wash said only, "That was not the state's offer."

Daniels was one of three men charged in the kidnapping of Dr. Daniel Ford. Ms. Wash said a witness saw a man, believed to be Carter, force the internist into the trunk of his car on the third-floor level of the hospital parking garage.

The prosecutor said the witness saw the abductor talking with two other men, believed to be Daniels and Dwayne Reid, who is scheduled to stand trial Wednesday. The doctor, while in the trunk of his car, overheard at least three men talking about killing him and burning his body, Ms. Wash said.

Dr. Ford, apparently left for dead, was found in the trunk of the car at Mondawmin Mall.

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