Shady Side man pleads guilty to role in robbery, shooting

September 21, 1994

A 23-year-old Shady Side man could be sentenced to 12 years in prison, after he admitted in Anne Arundel Circuit Court yesterday that he was involved in the shooting of a man during a drug deal.

Rico Carl Smith of the 5200 block of Nick Road pleaded guilty before Judge Robert H. Heller Jr. to a charge of conspiracy to commit armed robbery. stemming from the Oct. 29, 1993, attempted robbery and shooting of David Green, 29, of Galesville.

On the night of the shooting, the victim had been driven by friend, William Mitchell of Deale, to Smith's neighborhood to buy crack cocaine, police said. Smith directed their pickup truck to a wooded area where his brother, Daniel R. Brown, was to rob them, police said.

As Brown approached the pickup truck with a pillowcase over his head, Mr. Mitchell sped away. Police said Brown fired two shots, hitting Mr. Green once in the head and leaving him partially paralyzed, in a wheelchair and only able to speak a few words.

Brown, 18, also of Shady Side, entered an Alford plea to attempted murder and handgun charges in July and was sentenced by Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. to 13 years in prison.

As a part of the plea agreement, Assistant State's Attorney Fred Paone agreed to recommend that Smith be sentenced to no more than 12 years.

Judge Heller set sentencing for Nov. 18.

Harwood home robbed of electronics gear

Thieves broke into a house in Harwood through the garage Monday and stole more than $8,500 worth of property, county police said.

Douglas George Heimbuch, 43, reported the theft about 3:30 p.m. Monday. The theft occurred between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., Mr. Heimbuch told police.

A staircase in the garage was damaged, leading officers to believe that the thieves backed a truck into the garage, removed the items from the house and loaded them on to the truck, police said.

An IBM computer worth $2,000, a music synthesizer worth $2,500 and a Minolta camera worth $1000 were among the things stolen. The thieves also took stereo equipment, a color television and a video cassette recorder, police said.

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