Man sentenced for having PCP, child desertion

March 09, 1994

A 33-year-old Sykesville man convicted of drug possession and child desertion was sentenced yesterday to six months in the Carroll County Detention Center.

Jerome Mark Horner of the 6100 block of Tidman Court was given a four-year prison sentence with all but six months suspended for possession of PCP and a concurrent six-month sentence for child desertion. Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. also imposed a $4,000 fine with all but $1,000 suspended.

Horner pleaded guilty to the two charges in January. The drug conviction was his 11th since 1983, Judge Beck noted from the bench.

The convictions stem from an incident in May. Court records show that police were called to the Eldersburg Crown gas station on Liberty Road after Horner allegedly walked out of the store without paying for a pack of cigarettes and a candy bar.

Horner walked to a car on the parking lot, gave the candy bar to his 4-year-old son, who was sitting in the car, and then walked east on Route 26, police said.

Horner returned for his car about three hours later.

Police said he resisted arrest when they approached him. They also reported that they found less than

a gram of PCP in his pocket during a search.

FIRE

* Eldersburg: Sykesville and Gamber responded for a fire alarm on Londontowne Boulevard at 10:08 a.m. Tuesday. Units were out for 10 minutes.

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