Prosecution witness in murder trial is sentenced

February 16, 1994|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer

A 20-year-old Westminster man, who testified this month against convicted murderer Timothy Cumberland, was sentenced yesterday to 30 days in jail for his third drunken-driving conviction.

Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. imposed the sentence on Keith Edward Goins, who already is serving two years in jail on his two previous convictions for driving while intoxicated. The time imposed yesterday will be served consecutively with his current sentence.

Goins pleaded not guilty yesterday, but allowed prosecutors to present a statement of facts to the court that contained enough evidence to convict him.

According to court records, Goins was arrested July 30 after a state police trooper saw him driving erratically in the parking lot of a Finksburg gas station. He didn't make it out of the lot before his arrest.

The conviction is the latest addition to Goins' extensive driving record. In four years behind the wheel, he has racked up multiple charges of driving on a revoked license, failing to display his registration and giving false identification to police officers, Motor Vehicle Administration records say.

At an October court trial before Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr., Goins blamed his poor driving on "stupidity" and told the judge he has excellent work habits.

Goins was a key prosecution witness at Cumberland's murder trial early this month. A Carroll jury found Cumberland guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the Jan. 28, 1993 death of Gregory Lamont Howard, 22, of Westminster. Cumberland is awaiting sentencing.

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