Man seeks shorter sentence for assault Former girlfriend hurt in 1993 shooting

March 01, 1996|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,SUN STAFF

A Taneytown carpenter, convicted in June 1994 of assault with intent to murder, told a Carroll County three-judge panel yesterday that he will stay away from the woman he shot in 1993 if his 20-year sentence is reduced.

Prosecutors, however, said that William Richard Bollinger is still deeply in love with his former girlfriend and that she has every right to feel afraid if he is released.

"He may be absolutely wonderful to everyone else, but he is obsessed with [Faye Virginia] Glass to this day," said Carroll County Deputy State's Attorney Martha Ann Sitterding, noting that Bollinger continued to declare his love for Ms. Glass in a letter he wrote in September to one of her relatives.

According to prosecutors, Bollinger, 50, stalked his former girlfriend and waited until her children left for school the morning of Oct. 20, 1993, before he broke into the home they had shared until separating two weeks earlier.

Once in the home, he fired a shot above Ms. Glass' head into the headboard of the bed where she was sleeping, prosecutors said. Then he beat her with the cast on his arm and fired four more shots in the room. One bullet struck Ms. Glass in the chest.

Ms. Glass spent a month in Maryland Shock Trauma Center after the attack. During the three-day trial, Bollinger never denied that he broke into the house or that he took the loaded .38-caliber handgun into Ms. Glass' home.

"But for the grace of God, Ms. Glass would be dead today," Ms. Sitterding said yesterday, noting that Bollinger had cut the phone lines before he entered Ms. Glass' house that morning.

However, Bollinger's attorney, Mark VanBavel, argued that his client's behavior -- which included frequently driving past Ms. Glass' home during the two weeks they were separated -- was more the action of a lovesick man than of someone intent on harming another. "He just wanted to see her, rather than stalk her," Mr. VanBavel said, adding that Bollinger has always insisted the shooting was accidental. "In his own mind, he just wanted to talk to her and he thought he could make her listen if the weapon was with him," he said.

Mr. VanBavel also noted that Bollinger stayed away from Ms. Glass during the four months he was free before trial. Bollinger, who has a job and a place to live waiting for him if he is released, has worked hard all his life and generally been responsible, Mr. VanBavel said. "Mr. Bollinger has assured me that he has no intention of communicating or contacting Ms. Glass or being involved with her in any way whatsoever," Mr. VanBavel said.

The three-judge panel -- District Judge JoAnn M. Ellinghaus-Jones and Circuit Judges Luke K. Burns Jr. and Francis M. Arnold -- said yesterday that they intend to issue an opinion on Bollinger's request for a shorter sentence within the next two weeks.

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