Three men convicted of 1995 shooting spree They also plead guilty to vandalizing church

February 16, 1996|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,SUN STAFF

Three Carroll County men were convicted of reckless endangerment yesterday after pleading guilty to a shooting spree in March in which they killed a 13-month-old heifer.

The three -- David Scott Utz, Christopher William Muse and Marc Edwin Porter -- also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to break and enter for vandalizing Westminster Church of God in August 1993.

Porter of the 100 block of Rockland Road in Westminster pleaded guilty to malicious destruction because he was the one who shot the cow March 14.

In exchange for the guilty pleas, prosecutors agreed to drop the remaining charges in the two cases, which included counts of fourth-degree burglary and theft in the Aug. 25, 1993, vandalism.

The three men -- who are to be sentenced May 21 -- also will be responsible for about $10,000 in restitution to the church, insurance companies and those whose property they damaged in the shooting spree.

According to the prosecutor's statement of facts, police were questioning Utz, 25, about an unrelated matter in July when he confessed to vandalizing the church in 1993.

Prosecutors said Utz -- who lives in the 2400 block of Fairmount Road in Hampstead -- told police that he, Porter and Muse had left a bar in Westminster on Aug. 25, 1993, when they decided to break into the church.

Utz told police that the three -- who he said had been drinking heavily -- entered the church, stole several telephones, computers and other equipment, and sprayed the building with a fire extinguisher that night.

He also told police in July that the three men went on a shooting spree March 14.

Utz said the three had been drinking heavily again when they decided to take turns shooting a .38-caliber revolver and a 9 mm pistol at homes, cars and other property.

When questioned, Porter, 22, and Muse, 22, corroborated Utz's story, prosecutors said yesterday.

Muse lives in the 600 block of Gale Court in Westminster.

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