Citing the 18 months of work release imposed on a Baltimore County trucker who killed his wife, a Carroll County man who attempted to kill his girlfriend says his 20-year sentence should be reduced.
"I can't help but wonder why you gave me so much time," William Richard Bollinger wrote last week in a four-page letter to Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr.
"What do you have against me? . . . How about Ken Peacock in Baltimore County who killed his wife and only got 18 months on work release?"
In October, Baltimore County Circuit Judge Robert E. Cahill Sr. handed the work-release sentence to Kenneth Lee Peacock, 36, a Parkton trucker convicted of second-degree murder in the death of his 31-year-old wife, Sandra Kaye Sloan Peacock.
Judge Cahill drew criticism for sympathetic remarks he made in sentencing Peacock, who shot his wife with a hunting rifle after he found her in bed with another man.
"I seriously wonder how many married men -- married five, four years -- would have the strength to walk away without inflicting some corporal punishment," the judge said.
Bollinger -- who in September was convicted of attempted second-degree murder by a Carroll jury -- cited the contrast in sentences as unfair.
"Why did I get 20 years for second-degree attempted murder?" Bollinger wrote from his cell at the Eastern Correctional Institute in Westover. "The jury know I did not go there to kill her but you have to be different and hard-headed. You are wrong about me. I am very sorry for what happened, but I can't change it now. I don't go around beating up women."
Bollinger has never disputed that he entered the Keymar home of Faye Virginia Glass, 34, the morning of Oct. 20, 1993. He admitted grabbing a loaded .38-caliber revolver from his toolbox before heading to Ms. Glass' bedroom, where she was napping.
At his trial, 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 spent more than a month in the Maryland Shock Trauma Center recovering from gunshot wounds.
In his plea for a shorter sentence, Bollinger says Ms. Glass was an unfaithful partner who used him for "money and sex" and that all he ever wanted was an explanation.
"For 24 years I lived with women and never hurt them," Bollinger wrote. "So what is your problem? Why do I have to spend all this time in prison?"
Judge Beck, who on Nov. 2 denied Bollinger's earlier request for a sentence reduction, could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Bollinger has appealed his conviction, pending before the Court of Special Appeals. His trial attorney, Mark VanBavel, has withdrawn from the case, and the state public defender's office has yet to assign an attorney to handle the appeal.