Man sentenced in crowbar attack

March 31, 1995|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer

A Columbia man described by a judge as a "ticking time bomb" was sentenced yesterday to five years in prison for attacking his estranged wife's boyfriend in January 1994.

Raymond Ernest Sandoval, who is serving a one-year prison term for striking his estranged wife, was sentenced by Howard Circuit Judge James Dudley for trying to strike Kenneth Young of Columbia with a crowbar.

Judge Dudley said Mr. Sandoval's case highlights the nationwide problem of domestic violence. He compared the case to that of O. J. Simpson, who is on trial in California on charges that he killed his ex-wife and a friend.

"We have a problem," Judge Dudley said. "What do we do with the O. J. Simpsons and the Mr. Sandovals of the world?"

Sandoval, 49, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, with all but five years suspended. He also was ordered to complete five years of probation, seek counseling and avoid contact with his estranged wife, Kathleen Sandoval, and with Mr. Young.

Judge Dudley said he would have given Sandoval a stiffer sentence had he been convicted during a jury trial. Sandoval accepted a plea deal in February that capped his sentence at five years.

"In this case, nobody was [killed] because the victim was faster than the defendant," Judge Dudley said.

Sandoval broke into Mr. Young's home in the 10500 block of Tolling Clock Way in Columbia's Wilde Lake village and chased him through the house with the crowbar during a fight over Mrs. Sandoval on Jan. 9, 1994.

The fight ended when Mr. Young ran to the home of a neighbor, who called the police.

Sandoval is serving a one-year assault-and-battery sentence in the Howard County Detention Center.

He was convicted of striking his 28-year-old wife in November 1993 when he confronted her about her affair with Mr. Young.

He was cleared of first-degree rape and four related charges during a Circuit Court jury trial in October.

During the trial, Sandoval admitted striking his wife but denied raping her.

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