Impostor suspect sought on probation violation

July 30, 1994|By Robert A. Erlandson | Robert A. Erlandson,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writers David Michael Ettlin and Alan J. Craver contributed to this article.

A Baltimore County man charged with impersonating a slaying victim to obtain a driver's license is on five years' probation for an armed robbery conviction in Howard County and now also is being sought as a probation violator.

The filing of charges against Brian James Everett, 20, is sufficient to charge him with violating his probation, said Leonard A. Sipes Jr., spokesman for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Service.

State Motor Vehicle Administration officials charged Everett in a warrant Wednesday with making a false entry in a public record and with causing illegal access to the MVA computer database when he obtained the license Jan. 29 in the name of John Kenneth Temple.

Mr. Temple, 26, and his wife, Lori, 22, were found slain, execution-style, in their Parkville apartment Dec. 3. The killings are unsolved.

The impostor also tried to register to vote using Mr. Temple's name. Baltimore County elections officials discovered the deception when a card was mailed to the address the man gave, asking him to call the elections board. The victim's father received it.

Everett remains at large, having so far eluded efforts by Baltimore County police to apprehend him, both on the MVA warrant and for questioning about the slayings.

The MVA charges against Everett have been reported to the National Crime Information Center for dissemination across the country, said MVA spokesman James P. Lang.

Meanwhile, investigators are checking whether Everett has acquired a credit card using the dead man's name.

Everett has had frequent run-ins with the law since 1990, when a school official said he dropped out of Perry Hall High School.

He has appeared in District Court in Towson, Owings Mills and Essex in Baltimore County, in Harford County and in Baltimore and has been convicted of impersonating a police officer, thefts and malicious destruction of property. Other charges of theft, assault and property destruction have been dropped or placed on the inactive docket, according to court records.

His most serious crime involved a break-in at the home of his aunt with two accomplices in June 1992. The three, each armed with a pistol, forced the woman to sign blank personal checks totaling $1,000, tied her up, ransacked the house and drove off in her car.

Everett, then 18, and his accomplices were charged with armed robbery, burglary, theft, check fraud, handgun violations and assault with intent to murder. Everett pleaded guilty to armed robbery on Nov. 4, 1992, in Howard County Circuit Court, and 15 other counts were dropped.

Judge Cornelius Sybert Jr. sentenced Everett to eight years in prison April 20, 1993, suspending all but one year and imposing five years' probation.

Later, Everett's lawyer requested reconsideration of the sentence. At a hearing Sept. 13, 1993, Judge Sybert permitted Everett to be released from prison Oct. 1, 1993, but still required him to complete the five years' probation. The probation remains in effect.

Everett also is on probation until May 1995 for malicious destruction of property and three counts of petty theft for an Essex District Court conviction in May 1992. Thirty-day sentences were suspended in each case.

James Everett, Everett's grandfather, said yesterday that he last saw the young man about a month ago. "He was always a good kid," Mr. Everett said. "I'm very despondent about what's happening with this boy. You'll have to talk to his mother about him."

Everett's mother, Bonnie Braun, was not at the two-story brick townhouse on Perry Falls Place that Everett uses as his address. But in a brief telephone interview Wednesday night, she said, "He's an adult" and declined to comment on her son's activities. She said she had not seen him for a long time.

No one was home in adjoining houses yesterday, but neighbors reached earlier by phone said they did not know Brian Everett.

School records were not available, but Everett appeared for the last time in the Perry Hall High School yearbook for 1990, his

sophomore year. There was no list of activities in which he participated.

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