Man sentenced to 20 years for robberies of elderly women

November 01, 1994

An Annapolis handyman was sentenced to 20 years yesterday in Anne Arundel Circuit Court for robbing three elderly women in their homes last winter.

Arnold Brown, 39, of the first block of Fleet Street was sentenced by Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr., who noted the defendant's record and labeled him "a danger to society."

Brown was sentenced to five years in prison on Nov. 30, 1992, after pleading guilty to robbing an elderly woman in her home that year. He was assigned to work release Feb. 10.

Assistant State's Attorney William Mulford said Brown walked away from the work-release program after he told a correctional officer Feb. 18 that he was going into the Maryland National Bank on Church Circle to get some money.

Prosecutors said that during the next month, Brown targeted three women he knew who were all in their 70s.

In each case, he pushed his way into their homes and took their purses and other personal belongings, according to court records.

Brown pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery, one count of theft and one count of escape on Aug. 25 before Judge Thieme.

Assistant public defender Jennifer Corry said yesterday that Brown never hurt any of his victims, was well-liked in the community and was sorry for what he had done.

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