Man given 20-year term for shooting

September 13, 1994|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer

A Taneytown carpenter convicted of trying to kill his former girlfriend when he sneaked into her house with a loaded gun last year was sentenced yesterday to 20 years in prison.

William Richard Bollinger, 50, could have been sentenced to 50 years for convictions of attempted second-degree murder, assault with intent to murder and burglary. After setting aside the burglary conviction yesterday, Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. imposed concurrent 30-year terms for the remaining convictions. He suspended all but 20 years of the sentences and placed Bollinger on five years of probation when he is released.

A Carroll jury deliberated nine hours over two days before returning its verdict June 9. The jury acquitted Bollinger of the most serious charge -- attempted first-degree murder -- which could have resulted in a sentence of life in prison.

Bollinger did not dispute that he entered the Keymar home of Faye Virginia Glass, 34, the morning of Oct. 20. He admitted grabbing a loaded .38-caliber revolver from his toolbox before heading to Ms. Glass' bedroom, where she was napping.

In testimony, he said the gun -- which he had never used before -- was meant to make her explain why she had broken off their tumultuous relationship two weeks earlier.

Ms. Glass was shot once in the chest as she tried to pull a blanket over her head, according to testimony. She was hospitalized for a month at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Bollinger told the jury that he felt abused and destroyed by Ms. Glass.

The two met in August 1992, and Bollinger moved into Ms. Glass' home in May 1993. He testified that the couple often disagreed over money. Bollinger testified that he took the gun so Ms. Glass "would shut up and listen."

Throughout the trial, Bollinger did not deny stalking Ms. Glass for two weeks after she told him to move out of her home.

He never denied driving to her house the morning of Oct. 20 after her two children went to school. And he did not deny pointing the gun toward Ms. Glass' bedroom.

His attorney, Mark VanBavel of Baltimore, argued that his client did not intend to kill or hurt Ms. Glass. He told the jury that while his client's way of persuading Ms. Glass to talk to him was "stupid" and "immature," the shooting of Ms. Glass was accidental.

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