Westminster man sought in stabbing is extradited to Md.A...


February 23, 1996

Westminster man sought in stabbing is extradited to Md.

A Westminster man sought for nearly a year in the stabbing of a woman at Carroll Community College was extradited to Maryland yesterday.

Charles Bernard Thomas Jr., 49, also known as Slick Duck, was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center last night without bail on charges of attempted first-degree murder, maiming and malicious injury.

He also faces charges of carrying a deadly weapon with intent to injure, stalking, theft and battery.

Police had been looking for Mr. Thomas since March 28 when his former girlfriend was stabbed in a Carroll Community College stairwell. Mr. Thomas was arrested at his mother's home in Harrisburg, Pa., Feb. 9.

According to police, the 57-year-old victim -- who is not being named to protect her privacy -- was working as a custodian at the community college when someone stabbed her, beat her, kicked her in the eye and threw her down a flight of stairs.

The woman -- who had lived with Mr. Thomas for 18 years -- was found about 7 a.m. by an employee. Her car, a 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, had been stolen, but was recovered the next day in Mount Airy, police said.

Police said the woman had accused Mr. Thomas almost a week earlier of kidnapping her, trying to rape her and taking her to Harrisburg.

At that time, Mr. Thomas was charged with interstate kidnapping, assault, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, first-degree burglary, false imprisonment and deadly weapon counts.

He was released on a $3,000 unsecured bond because prosecutors failed to tell the judge about Mr. Thomas' 30-year criminal background, which included convictions for manslaughter, grand theft, burglary and other offenses.

Man convicted of murder has to serve full sentence

Daniel Justin Leonard, who pleaded guilty in 1993 to his involvement in the death of a Westminster man, will have to serve all of his 10-year sentence, a Carroll County Circuit judge ruled yesterday.

Leonard, 24, is one of three men convicted of second-degree murder in the death of Gregory Lamont Howard of Center Street. Prosecutors have said the death of Mr. Howard, then 22, was the result of a drug deal gone bad.

However, prosecutors have stressed that Mr. Howard had nothing to do with Leonard and his friends being sold soap flakes instead of cocaine Jan. 28, 1993, and was trying to act as peacemaker.

Leonard was driving the car and owned the shotgun that killed Mr. Howard that night. Samuel Allen Miller, the trigger man, is serving 30 years in prison; Timothy Cumberland, who prosecutors said incited the argument and fatal shot, is serving 25 years.

In denying Leonard's request to have his sentence cut in half, Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. rejected the Reisterstown man's argument that he deserved a lower sentence in exchange for cooperating with the state.

"It goes without saying that Mr. Leonard held up his part of the contract and the state carried out their part," Judge Burns said yesterday, referring to the plea agreement Leonard signed in September 1993. In that agreement, Leonard promised to cooperate fully with the state and testify against his co-defendants in exchange for prosecutors requesting a 10-year sentence.

"Mr. Leonard will [have] the opportunity to get on with his life after he serves whatever time he is required to serve," Judge Burns said, noting that Mr. Howard no longer has that opportunity.

Westminster man sentenced to 5 years for selling drugs

A Westminster man was sentenced in Carroll County Circuit Court to five years in prison yesterday after pleading guilty to selling cocaine to an undercover officer in July.

Robert John Stevenson Jr., 26, of Shaeffer Avenue, who has been in the Carroll County Detention Center since his July 12 arrest, was sentenced to 10 years for distributing cocaine.

Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr., who suspended five years of the term, recommended that Stevenson participate in the Toulson Boot Camp program. In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors dropped related drug charges.

Suspended sentence given in woman's drug conviction

A Westminster woman was given a seven-year suspended sentence yesterday after being convicted of selling cocaine to a police informant in September.

Vicki Denise Rippeon of the 500 block of Marshall Drive pleaded not guilty yesterday, but allowed the prosecutor's statement of facts to be the only evidence in her case.

In exchange, prosecutors dropped related drug charges against her. Carroll County Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. ordered Ms. Rippeon to serve five years of supervised probation and perform 100 hours of community service.

According to prosecutors, Ms. Rippeon sold a quarter-ounce of cocaine to a Westminster police informant Sept. 1, 1995.

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