Suspect in robbery of store owner pleads guilty, to be sentenced Feb. 15

November 23, 1993|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff Writer

A co-defendant in the robbery and carjacking of a Jessup liquor store owner, who was stabbed during the altercation, pleaded guilty to robbery in Howard Circuit Court yesterday.

Kenneth Brian Daff, 23, of Severn could be sentenced to between three and eight years in prison as part of a plea agreement for the Feb. 15 incident.

Daff will be sentenced by Judge James Dudley on Feb. 15, 1994.

Prosecutors dropped charges of assault with intent to murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, assault, battery and unauthorized use of a vehicle in the plea agreement.

Greenbelt attorney David Simpson asked that Daff be allowed to remain on $50,000 bond during the holiday season. Judge Dudley denied the request, saying a defendant poses too much of a risk of fleeing to remain free pending sentencing.

"It's a substantial risk," Judge Dudley said. "I'm not willing to take it. The Christmas season I'm interested in is [the victim's]."

Montague Paul Miller, 27, of no fixed addressed, is serving a 15-year sentence for the incident after pleading guilty to assault with intent to murder in September.

The victim, Seon Ok Song, 70, of Ellicott City identified Miller as the man who stabbed him in the lower torso with a kitchen knife during a confrontation outside his shop, U.S. 1 Liquors.

Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Murtha said Mr. Song reported that Daff appeared to be "shocked" when Miller stabbed the businessman.

Miller and Daff confronted Mr. Song as he was leaving his store on Washington Boulevard with a money bag containing $800, Mr. Murtha said. The men demanded that Mr. Song hand over his money, and Mr. Song gave them $80 from his wallet.

The struggle continued inside Mr. Song's Plymouth Voyager minivan, where Miller attempted to slash the man's neck with the dull side of the knife's blade, Mr. Murtha said.

Mr. Song fell from the van outside the nearby Cedar Motel, and the two men drove away with his vehicle, Mr. Murtha said.

Mr. Song was treated and released from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Miller and Daff were arrested four days later at Fort Meade while military police were conducting random checks of vehicles entering the installation, Mr. Murtha said.

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