Man gets 7-year term in assaults on two

March 10, 1994

A 23-year-old Glen Burnie man was sentenced yesterday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to seven years in prison for slashing his girlfriend with a knife and trying to stab a police officer.

Franklin W. Compton of the 700 block of Wellham Ave. pleaded guilty Jan. 31 to assault with intent to maim and assault with intent to avoid apprehension. The incident occurred at his home Aug. 11, 1993.

Assistant State's Attorney William Mulford II said Compton's girlfriend, Beverly Singleton, 22, of the 7700 block of Overhill Road, Glen Burnie, had stopped at Compton's house to drop off their 2-year-old son.

An argument ensued and Compton stabbed Ms. Singleton in the right arm, severing an artery. He then ran inside the house and climbed a narrow flight of stairs, where he kept officers at bay, brandishing a knife and threatening to kill himself and the officers, Mr. Mulford said.

Tactical squad officers arrived. One fired a rubber bullet at Compton, hoping to subdue him, Mr. Mulford said. The bullet hit Compton in the chest but didn't stop him.

Officer David Doucet, a member of the tactical unit, then charged up the stairs behind a shield. Compton slashed at the shield, but the officer's shield blocked the blow. Compton surrendered about 20 minutes later, Mr. Mulford said.

State sentencing guidelines called for a sentence of seven to 17 years, Mr. Mulford said.

Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. also recommended that Compton serve his sentence at the Patuxent Institute because of Compton's problem with drugs and alcohol, Mr. Mulford said.

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