Man who stabbed ex-wife seeks early releaseMore than a...

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

March 03, 1996

Man who stabbed ex-wife seeks early release

More than a dozen friends and family members told a Carroll County three-judge panel Friday that T.C. Thomas Williams should be released early from prison because he has changed dramatically since the night he stabbed his former wife in July 1994.

Carroll County State's Attorney Jerry F. Barnes said the 28-year-old Baltimore man's eight-year sentence for attempted murder was more than generous, particularly since the sentencing guidelines suggested a seven- to 13-year term.

On Jan. 23, 1995, Williams pleaded guilty to stabbing his former wife, Jonelle Desiree Williams, as the two were driving west on Route 140 with their 18-month old daughter, Tanelle, in the back seat.

District Judge JoAnn Ell- inghaus-Jones and Circuit Judges Luke K. Burns Jr. and Raymond E. Beck Sr. said they would decide on Williams' sentence within three weeks.

Man's drug sentence too severe, lawyer says

Andre Darnell Webb -- who had one crime on his record before pleading guilty to five counts of distributing cocaine -- is serving a sentence far too harsh for the crime he committed, his attorney, Barry Hughes, told a Carroll County three-judge panel on Friday.

"This sentence is greater than the sum of its parts," Mr. Hughes said, arguing that Webb's 40-year term for the distribution convictions and one for possession with intent to distribute eliminated any hope for rehabilitation.

Mr. Hughes also said sentencing guidelines that suggested a 33- to 67-year term for the crimes were improperly calculated, particularly since Webb's co-defendant received a suspended sentence for similar crimes.

Carroll County State's Attorney Jerry F. Barnes countered that Webb's sentence was appropriate, given that the defendant is not a drug addict and sold $15,000 worth of crack cocaine to undercover officers over 19 days in 1994.

Webb said "he did this for money," Mr. Barnes said Friday. "That excuse is the worst excuse. For a drug dealer that admits he's not an addict, the only answer is incarceration."

As for Webb's co-defendant, Brian Wilson, Mr. Barnes implied Friday that he was given a break in exchange for a promise to work with undercover officers.

Webb, 22, of Randallstown was one of about 22 members of three cocaine and heroin rings operating in the area of Westminster's Center Street who were arrested during the fall of 1994.

Prosecutors said Webb was frequently videotaped over 19 days counting large sums of money and breaking large chunks of cocaine into salable portions. Police searching Webb at his arrest found 2 ounces of crack cocaine in his car.

District Judge JoAnn Ell- inghaus-Jones and Circuit judges TTC Francis M. Arnold and Raymond E. Beck Sr. said they would decide about Webb's prison term after Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. makes a decision on Mr. Webb's original motion to modify the sentence.

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