Inmate gets 2nd term for license violations

February 18, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

A man serving time in the Carroll County Detention Center for driving on a suspended license was sentenced Tuesday to two years in state prison on similar charges.

Brian Lamotte Magruder, 23, was found guilty after he agreed to a police statement of facts during a hearing before Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. in county Circuit Court.

Mr. Magruder has now been convicted of three drivers license violations in the past year. He also faces charges of driving with a suspended license in Baltimore County, his defense attorney, Stephen J. Bourexis, said yesterday.

State police in Westminster later confirmed that Mr. Magruder, also known as Ryan Lamotte Magruder, has been charged with stealing more than $79,000 from Baugher Enterprises in June and August.

"This driving record is horrendous," Judge Burns said before sentencing.

The defendant will serve the two years after he completes a one-year jail term he received from Judge Raymond Beck in August in the earlier traffic case.

According to the statement of facts, a police officer who responded to a complaint about someone racing motorcycles in a Westminster alley found Mr. Magruder driving an unregistered 1992 Suzuki motorcycle.

Mr. Magruder was on work release on the earlier driving violation at the time. His work release privileges have since been revoked.

The city officer, who was familiar with Mr. Magruder's driving record, knew the defendant's license had been suspended and arrested him, the statement said.

"I shouldn't have been driving," Mr. Magruder said before sentencing. "The officer gave me a break. He could have done a lot more than he did. This is my last driving-while-suspended charge, and I regret every bit of it."

Mr. Magruder also was convicted of driving on a suspended license last April. At that time, Judge Burns sentenced him to a year in the Carroll County Detention Center, which was suspended, and three years of unsupervised probation.

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