Attempted thief who gave in gets 15 years ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY--Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

January 21, 1993|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer

A man who was bamboozled by Annapolis police into surrendering after a botched armed robbery attempt last April was sentenced to 15 years in prison yesterday.

Michael A. White, 21, of the 8500 block of Pioneer Drive in Severn, was sentenced by Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. after a brief hearing where he apologized for the incident.

"If the family was here I'd apologize to them. I know what I did was wrong," he said.

His attorney, deputy public defender James McCarthy, said White recognized he had a drug problem and had been accepted at an in-patient drug treatment program in Somerset, Pa., at the time of the offense. He also has enrolled in business courses at the Maryland House of Corrections, where he is being held, Mr. McCarthy said.

White pleaded guilty to burglary, attempted armed robbery and illegal use of a handgun in the April 2 incident.

White and an accomplice, Charles Ford, 22, of the 1100 block of Madison St., Annapolis, burst through the front door of the home of William Cook Sr. of the 1300 block of Colony Drive, Annapolis, shortly after midnight, according to court records. One of the men was armed with a handgun, police said.

Police were called, the family escaped and the suspects fled into the attic, where officers cornered them but were hesitant to rush in because they were told one burglar had a pistol. The two-hour standoff ended when one of the officers threatened to use tear gas but, having none on hand, threw a videotape into the attic and shouted, "Gas!"

Ford pleaded guilty to burglary, attempted armed robbery and illegal use of a handgun. He was sentenced last week to 20 years in prison.

Judge Thieme said he had to consider that Ford was out on an appeal bond at the time of the break-in. Ford was convicted of assault with intent to murder in the Nov. 21, 1990, shooting of Timothy Leo Price, 28, of the 200 block of Jawal Court.

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