Man sentenced to 10 years in knife-wielding incident

April 02, 1993|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer

A 27-year-old Westminster man was sentenced to 10 years in state prison for wielding a knife and threatening to kill a woman and her friend in June.

In a brief hearing Tuesday, Carroll Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. ordered Anthony Thomas Hughes, of South Center Street, to serve five years on a reckless endangerment conviction and three years for carrying a deadly weapon, stemming from the June 17 altercation. The judge also imposed a consecutive two-year sentence for driving after his license was revoked.

Hughes was convicted of the three charges on Jan. 27.

According to court records, Hughes entered an apartment owned by Judy Conaway, went to the kitchen, grabbed a steak knife and told Ms. Conaway and Chandler Handley, a guest, that he would kill them and Ms. Conaway's 7-year-old son.

An altercation ensued, and Hughes cut Ms. Conaway's finger before fleeing. He was arrested without incident after a police officer responding to the call found him at home.

According to court records, Hughes' January convictions brought with them an additional 15-year sentence for a 1988 armed robbery conviction. Hughes was on parole in that case when he was arrested in the June attack.

The armed robbery sentence will run concurrently with his other sentences, and, with credit for time served, his total sentence will amount to 10 years.

Hughes could face a significantly longer prison stay, as court records show that he has eight pending trials on breaking and entering charges and a pending misdemeanor theft trial.

Hughes' criminal record, court records show, includes convictions for breaking and entering, escape, malicious destruction, and driving with a revoked, out-of-state drivers license.

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