Crownsville man pleads guilty to systematic beating of wife CENTRAL COUNTY--Arnold * Broadneck * Severna Park

June 08, 1993|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer

A 43-year-old Crownsville man pleaded guilty to assault with intent to maim yesterday for repeatedly beating his wife last fall, blindfolding her and telling her "the Mafia" was making him beat her.

But charges that Spiros W. Chippas of the 1300 block of Suburban Way conspired to murder his wife were dismissed. That case was based solely on the word of a jail informant who proved unreliable, Assistant State's Attorney Cynthia M. Ferris said.

As part of a plea agreement, Chippas faces 18 months in jail, she said.

Chippas admitted yesterday that he held his wife prisoner in their home from Sept. 24 to Sept. 27, beating her so severely that she had to be hospitalized for 10 days.

During the attacks, he kept a shirt or her nightgown over her face and pretended there were other men in the room forcing him to beat her with a paddle. Ms. Ferris said the beatings were continuous and systematic and that Chippas told his wife as he beat her that "the Mafia was making him do this."

Chippas, who was an alcoholic, would hit her 25 times on one breast, then 25 times on the other, before rolling her over and hitting her on the buttocks, Ms. Ferris said.

After a weekend of such beatings, she said, Chippas took his wife of seven months to the Anne Arundel Medical Center.

He warned her that if she told anyone what had happened, he would kill her. He made her tell police she had been beaten and raped by two unknown black men. She was treated Sept. 27 at Anne Arundel Medical Center's intensive care unit for kidney failure and cuts and bruises all over her body.

Chippas allegedly continued to drink heavily and, in the weeks after the beatings, continued to harass his wife, who secured a civil restraining order from District Court to keep him away from her home. Police learned of the beatings Dec. 9, when she called them because he had violated the order.

Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. set sentencing for July 21 and ordered that a psychological evaluation be completed before sentencing.

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