Man sentenced for attacking officer

April 21, 1994|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,Sun Staff Writer

Calling a Bowleys Quarters man "an extremely serious engine of destruction," a Baltimore County judge yesterday piled maximum consecutive sentences totaling 50 years on him for shooting at a police officer last June 28.

A jury convicted Steven Michael Maggio, 33, of the first block of Starwood Court, in March of attempted second-degree murder and use of a handgun in an attack on Officer David Rose, who was not injured. The panel deadlocked on the charge of first-degree attempted murder.

Judge John F. Fader II imposed maximum consecutive 30- and 20-year terms on the two convictions, both consecutive to a five-year sentence Maggio is serving for a parole violation.

The shooting occurred after Officer Rose attempted to speak to Maggio after answering a 1 a.m. complaint about a man with a gun in the 1600 block of Old Eastern Ave. in Essex, said Assistant State's Attorney Mickey Norman.

Maggio fled, emptying a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver at the officer during the chase, then reloaded and fired two more shots as he ran into woods.

About an hour later, K-9 Officer James E. Beck and his dog Ace captured Maggio. Before the officer could subdue him, Maggio pulled a knife and cut Ace on the right rear leg, police said.

Four months later, Officer Beck was shot critically when he stopped two robbery suspects on Pulaski Highway in Rosedale in an unrelated case.

Maggio had prior convictions for armed robbery, attempted armed robbery and burglary, and Mr. Norman asked for a mandatory 25-year sentence with no parole under Maryland's "three-time loser" law.

Defense attorney Gil S. Amaral said his client had spent most of his adult life in the prison system, has drug and alcohol problems, and has a low IQ and an organic brain disorder. Mr. Amaral asked for a maximum sentence of 25 years.

Maggio told the judge his parents' problems landed him in foster care, and, "I never had nobody tell me the right direction. . . . I usually don't hurt nobody."

Judge Fader told him, "I'm sorry for the problems society experiences from you as a result of things that are not your fault.

"You are an extremely serious engine of destruction, and you must be warehoused for as long as society will permit," the judge said.

He said, "I will write to the parole commission that this man should never be paroled."

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