Robber's sentence suspended for taking part in drug program

November 30, 1993|By Staff Report

An 18-year-old Baltimore man who went on a robbery spree last year in northern Anne Arundel County will go to the Second Genesis drug rehabilitation program in lieu of serving the rest of his eight-year prison term.

Yesterday, Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. suspended the balance of Roy M. Brethauer's sentence in exchange for the teen-ager's attendance at the Crownsville program. If Brethauer fails to comply with the program, he will be returned to the state prison system.

Brethauer, of the 1600 block of Plum St., had pleaded guilty in February to four counts of armed robbery and two counts of robbery stemming from six gas station and convenience store robberies the week of Sept. 17, 1992.

He had no criminal record before committing the robberies, but had become dependent on crack cocaine. When Brethauer was sentenced in May, Judge Thieme said he would consider transferring him to Second Genesis once bed space became available.

At the sentencing, his lawyer said Brethauer's cocaine supplier had set up the robberies and threatened Brethauer and his family if he didn't carry them out.

Brethauer had pleaded guilty to the Sept. 17 holdups of Uncle Marvin's Oasis in the 7700 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. and Dan's Crown gas station in the 5700 block of Ritchie Highway; the Sept. 19 robberies of Ray's Crown gas station in the 8200 block of Veterans Highway and the Crown gas station in the 7600 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.; and the Sept. 22 holdups of the Royal Farm convenience store in the 2200 block of Oak Manor Drive and an Amoco station in the 300 block of Mountain Road.

He was arrested Sept. 23.

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