Marsh asks judge for cut in sentence

October 19, 1994|By From Staff Reports

Saying he wants to work at putting his family back together again, Guy Gordon Marsh has asked a Carroll judge to suspend the rest of his prison sentence and set him free.

"I would like to have a second chance with you, sir," Marsh, 47, told Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. in Carroll Circuit Court yesterday.

"I want to be with my family, with my children. I want to support them and to love them."

On June 13, Judge Burns sentenced Marsh, of Westminster to three years in prison for violating the three-year probation he had been serving since pleading guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

The sole term of his probation -- obey all laws -- was broken in March when Judge Burns convicted Marsh of beating his wife, Mary.

Marsh was in court yesterday pleading for a change in his sentence.

His wife and their two children were sitting in the back of the courtroom.

Mary Marsh spoke to the judge at the bench for several minutes.

Judge Burns said he was unable to make a decision yesterday, so he will issue a written ruling within two weeks.

Marsh gained national attention when he was released from prison in 1987 after serving more than 14 years of a life-plus-10-year sentence.

That sentence stemmed from the June 1971 slaying of Charles R. Erdman, who was shot when he tried to stop a robbery at a Glen Burnie 7-Eleven. The conviction was overturned after a key witness admitted she had lied in her testimony.

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