City teen sentenced for shooting BALTIMORE COUNTY

December 08, 1992|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,Staff Writer

A teen-ager drew a five-year prison sentence yesterday in Baltimore County Circuit Court for spraying a Woodmoor neighborhood with bullets in April in a confrontation with a man who had sold him phony cocaine.

Carlos Casiano, 17, of the 1800 block of Regester St. in Baltimore pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted murder and use of a handgun in a crime of violence after Judge John Grason Turnbull II rejected a plea from his mother and his public defender to have him treated as a juvenile.

Casiano had only a minor police record, said Assistant State's Attorney Stephen Bailey. Although the youth had two brushes with the juvenile system, both charges -- assault and a drug possession -- were dismissed.

But on the night of April 7, the youth paid a man $3,500 at a McDonald's in the city for what was supposed to be one-eighth of a kilogram of cocaine, according to the facts presented in the guilty plea.

It wasn't cocaine, and when confronted the next day, the seller took Casiano to meet his supplier in the 100 block of Sunmar Court, off Liberty Road near the Beltway.

The two were on the street about 2:30 p.m. when the victim said the supplier wasn't there. Casiano pulled a 9mm semiautomatic and started shooting, Mr. Bailey said.

The victim, Michael Ruff, was struck in the abdomen and the right side of his face. At least four other bullets flew through the neighborhood. Two passed through the outer wall of a home and lodged in the bedroom walls.

Mr. Ruff told police a story about being robbed on the street, Mr. Bailey said. He was treated for his injuries and disappeared, according to the prosecutor, who had to seek court orders to bring in witnesses from the neighborhood when they ignored his summons for a trial.

"Their feeling was, 'Hey, we've got to live in this neighborhood. We don't want to testify against someone who can come back and harm us.' "

The plea bargain followed sentencing guidelines, he said, and resulted in a mandatory five-year sentence for use of the gun, to run at the same time as a five-year term for the attempted murder.

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