Long prison terms imposed in attempt to kill state trooper

April 08, 1994|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer

Two Baltimore men who were convicted of trying to murder a state trooper along Interstate 95 near Havre de Grace in 1992 were given long prison sentences yesterday in Harford Circuit Court.

Alvin Jerome Thompson, 41, of the 1900 block of W. Franklin St., was sentenced to 55 years in prison. He was on parole for a 1976 murder conviction in Baltimore.

Anthony Everette Johnson, 27, of the 800 block of N. Caroline St., was sentenced to 75 years. During the Oct. 28, 1992, incident, he had briefly gained control of Trooper 1st Class John E. Appleby's 9mm service weapon as the three men wrestled beside the highway.

Maryland Division of Correction records show that Johnson had served prison time for a 1984 murder conviction in Baltimore, prosecutor Gerard S. Comen said.

After a nine-day trial, a jury deliberated 7 1/2 hours before convicting both Johnson and Thompson on March 4 of second-degree attempted murder, bringing heroin into the state and possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Trooper Appleby, 26, called the sentences fair. "Look at their past records; they have no regard for life," he said.

At the trial, the trooper said he had made a routine traffic stop for speeding and asked to search the blue Chevrolet pickup after Johnson, the driver, and Thompson, the passenger, told conflicting stories about where they had been that day.

When Thompson began walking away, the trooper said he grabbed his arm and Thompson bear-hugged him.

The trooper said that Johnson grabbed for his service weapon and the two men wrestled him to the ground.

Two law enforcement officers from Howard County who were passing saw the trooper in trouble and stopped to rescue him.

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