Teen armed robber sentenced to 15 years blames cocaine

February 02, 1993|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer

A 17-year-old former football player at Old Mill High School was sentenced to 15 years in prison yesterday for a string of armed robberies at service stations and fast-food restaurants last spring in northern Anne Arundel.

Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. ordered the sentence for Gervonde J. Kennedy, of the 7800 block of Golden Pine Circle in Severn, who blamed his crimes on a cocaine habit that made him hungry for cash.

Fred Paone, assistant state's attorney, said that Kennedy robbed five service stations and fast-food restaurants before a clerk at a Little Caesar's pizza shop in the 1100 block of Annapolis Road, Odenton, recognized him during a robbery June 3 and reported him to police. He was arrested June 8 at his home.

Kennedy was charged as an adult with six counts of robbery with a deadly weapon, but charges in one of the robberies were dismissed for lack of evidence, Mr. Paone said.

Police found two pistols believed to have been used in the robberies when they searched Kennedy's house after his arrest.

The sentence came after Dr. David L. Shapiro, a Timonium psychologist hired by the defense, testified that Kennedy was suffering from depression at the time of the robberies.

Judge Thieme recommended that Kennedy, a high school junior with no criminal record, be evaluated for treatment at the Patuxent Institute.

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