Man gets 10 years in holdup Super Fresh store robbed at gunpoint

February 25, 1993|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

A former Carroll County man was sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday for robbing the Super Fresh Store on Route 140 in Westminster last June.

Donald Wayne Gilliam, 27, of Harriman, Tenn., had pleaded guilty to stealing $5,975 from the store on June 20.

Court records said he pushed his way into the customer service office and pointed a semiautomatic pistol at four employees. The gun was not loaded.

Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck told Gilliam yesterday that the crime was "outrageous."

"Society needs to condemn a little more and understand a little less," said the judge, quoting British Prime Minister John Major.

Mr. Major was talking about the recent slaying in England of a 2-year-old boy. Two 10-year-olds have been charged in the killing.

Gilliam, a 1983 graduate of Francis Scott Key High School, was found guilty in Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties last July of robbery with a deadly weapon and handgun violations. He was sentenced to five years in prison on the charges in each of those counties and is now in the Roxbury Institution in Hagerstown.

Gilliam's wife and mother traveled from Tennessee to testify at yesterday's sentencing hearing. They told Judge Beck that the defendant had no prior record and that he was needed at home to help raise his two step-daughters.

Judge Beck sentenced Gilliam to 15 years, suspended five years and placed him on probation for five years. The judge ordered the defendant to serve the sentence consecutively to those imposed in Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties.

Judge Beck also ordered Gilliam to repay the money he stole from Super Fresh.

James B. Kraft, Gilliam's attorney, said part of his client's plea agreement was that any sentence imposed in Carroll would run concurrently with the sentences imposed in the other two counties.

Judge Beck said his sentence would stand, but gave the defendant credit for 215 days already served.

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