18-year-old gets 50 years for attempted murder

January 25, 1995|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,Sun Staff Writer

The victim said yesterday that she didn't know the gun was loaded last June, when a polite teen-ager who had just robbed her at a Liberty Road bank machine pulled the trigger three times -- click, click, click.

But Baltimore County police found the .25-caliber Beretta was fully operational when a police dog led them to Monte Lydell Rogers, 18, at his home on nearby Yataruba Drive, minutes after the robbery at the Woodmoor Shopping Center. The top round showed an indentation, but the bullet hadn't fired.

Yesterday, Baltimore County Circuit Judge Robert E. Cadigan sentenced Rogers to 50 years in prison: 30 years for attempted first-degree murder of Donna J. Bosley, plus consecutive 10-year terms for robbery with a deadly weapon and for use of a handgun.

Rogers, convicted by a jury in October, asked the judge to consider that he was 17 at the time.

Judge Cadigan told Rogers: "You showed absolutely no regard for human life. You are a danger to the people of Baltimore County . . . and you deserve to be punished for your senseless and violent actions."

Ms. Bosley, 35, of the Milford Mill area, a coordinator of programs for mentally retarded adults, said she was accosted after withdrawing $20 from the automated teller machine in the 7000 block of Liberty Road about 9:30 p.m. June 9. She had gone to the ATM after a meeting at Union Bethel AME Church in Randallstown.

Rogers said, "Miss, I want everything you got," she recalled after the sentencing yesterday. After handing over $20 and her card, "I just had no sense that he would pull the trigger."

But as the youth, who was with another teen-ager, stood "closer than arm's length, I heard the three clicks of the trigger," she said. "He looked at the gun; he shrugged -- and he just walked away without saying anything. I guess he was amazed that the gun didn't go off.

"When the police told me it was fully loaded, I lost it. I thought he was trying to scare me; I thought it was empty.

"It's just by the grace of God that I'm here today to see that justice is served. There's no great joy in sending a 17-year-old to jail, but what I've gone through, no one else will have to go through from this individual."

Assistant State's Attorney A. Dean Stocksdale said co-defendant Darryl Flemming, 17, of West Baltimore, received an eight-year term in a plea bargain in November for armed robbery.

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