Last member of Low Riders sentenced

January 13, 1995|By From Staff Reports

A North Laurel man was given probation and a suspended prison term yesterday for his role in a ring that stole 20 four-wheel-drive vehicles last winter.

Jeffrey Kenneth Rhodes, 20, is the last of the seven members of a car club called the Low Riders to be sentenced in Howard Circuit Court.

Judge Dennis Sweeney gave Rhodes an 18-month suspended prison sentence as part of a plea agreement Rhodes accepted in October for unauthorized use of a vehicle. The judge also ordered Rhodes to complete 18 months of probation, perform 100 hours of community service, and pay $627 in restitution and a $100 fine.

The Low Riders stole mostly Jeep Cherokees and Chevrolet Blazers from East Columbia in December 1993 and January 1994. Some vehicles were taken to Lake Elkhorn in Columbia's Owen Brown Village, where participants would play what they called "crash-up derby" and "bumper cars."

The defendants received sentences ranging from probation to eight years in prison, the latter given to the group's 18-year-old ringleader, Christopher James Peca of Columbia, Monday.

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