Probation given to woman who fired revolver

April 07, 1994|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer

A 28-year-old Taneytown woman who went to a neighbor's house and fired two shots from a .38-caliber revolver last fall was placed on probation yesterday by a Carroll circuit judge.

Teresa L. Crabill of George Street was convicted in February of reckless endangerment and driving while intoxicated.

Judge Francis M. Arnold yesterday imposed a one-year jail sentence on Mrs. Crabill, which he suspended. He also ordered her to serve three years on supervised probation and to continue alcohol counseling and psychotherapy.

On Aug. 24, 1993, the night after neighbor Angela Mathias beat her in the head with a rock, Mrs. Crabill went to the Mathias home with a gun she had taken from another neighbor, according to court records.

When she reached the house in the first block of Red Tulip Court, Mrs. Crabill found her husband with Mrs. Mathias, court records say. Mrs. Crabill -- who police said was drunk at the time -- fired two shots and yelled, "I'm going to kill everyone in there."

No one was injured, and Mrs. Crabill never fired the gun toward anyone, said Judson K. Larrimore, the assistant public defender who represented Mrs. Crabill at yesterday's sentence hearing.

"A bizarre multitude of facts congealed on Red Tulip Court," Mr. Larrimore said.

He said Mrs. Crabill is pregnant with her fourth child and is seeking help for her alcoholism. She is on welfare and has been separated from her husband since last year.

Judge Arnold said yesterday that he wanted to give Mrs. Crabill a chance to make something of her life.

"The people of the community get a little upset, too," the judge said. "They're paying your rent, your [welfare], your food stamps, your medical bills; they're paying for the public defender to defend you, for the state's attorney to prosecute you and the judge to judge you.

"If you behave yourself, you're going to save us all some money. That's all we ask, is that you behave yourself."

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