Man admits abusing teen-age stepsonWESTMINSTER -- A man...

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June 01, 1994|By From Staff Reports

WESTMINSTER — Man admits abusing teen-age stepson

WESTMINSTER -- A man whose first trial on charges that he sexually abused his 17-year-old stepson ended in mistrial pleaded guilty yesterday to a single count of child abuse.

After accepting the plea, Carroll Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. imposed a five-year sentence, to run concurrently with the seven-month term the man is serving for a drug conviction, but he suspended the five-year term. The man and his wife -- the abuse victim's mother -- pleaded guilty to manufacturing marijuana in November. They live in Westminster.

Judge Burns also ordered the 30-year-old man to serve five years of supervised probation.

In the plea deal, prosecutors dropped charges of perverted practice, fourth-degree sexual offense and battery.

Court records and testimony at the man's trial last year showed that he abused his stepson for 19 months, until February 1992.

The stepson testified that sexual encounters took place at the family's house, in the man's workshop and on a family vacation.

Murderer requests shorter sentence

WESTMINSTER

WESTMINSTER -- Convicted murderer Timothy Cumberland has filed a motion for a shorter sentence, calling his 40-year prison term "inappropriate, unseemly, unjust and unfair."

Cumberland, 24, of Reisterstown was sentenced to life in prison with all but 40 years suspended for the murder of Gregory Lamont Howard, who was shot in the chest at close range on South Center Street on Jan. 28, 1993, after a soured drug deal.

Cumberland filed the shorter sentence motion Friday in Carroll Circuit Court.

His was the longest term imposed on any of the three men convicted in the case.

In his motion, Cumberland said his sentence should be reduced because he was not as responsible for Mr. Howard's death as his two co-defendants were.

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