Drifter sentenced to one year on battery, auto convictions

January 26, 1993|By Staff Report

David William Gerting told Carroll Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. yesterday that he was serious about turning his life around, and that he would become "the upstanding citizen" he knows he can be.

"I'm trying very hard to get my life together," the 29-year-old drifter said during his sentencing hearing.

Judge Burns was skeptical, and, before sentencing Gerting to a year in the Carroll County Detention Center for unauthorized use of an automobile and battery convictions, he questioned the defendant's sincerity.

"I believe he is manipulative, I believe he is cunning," the judge said.

Judge Burns actually sentenced Gerting, of no fixed address, to three years for the unauthorized use conviction and one year for battery. The judge suspended all but one year of the sentences.

Gerting was arrested in August and charged with kidnapping, battery, theft and unauthorized use after a cocaine buy in Westminster went sour, court records show.

He, another man and a woman were using the woman's car to drive to a Pennsylvania Avenue apartment to purchase cocaine, records show.

After Gerting gave him $100, the man left the car to purchase the cocaine, records show.

The woman told authorities that when the man did not return, Gerting became concerned and demanded the car keys.

When she refused, they fought over the keys and she tried to climb out the passenger window as Gerting drove away.

Gerting was arrested at a hotel on Baltimore Boulevard several hours later, court records show.

In a plea bargain, prosecutors dropped the kidnapping and theft charges last fall.

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