Hiligh gets 12-year term in robbery of gas station Holdup was part of violent crime spree in 3 counties

March 28, 1996|By Norris P. West | Norris P. West,SUN STAFF

For the second time in two months, a Capitol Heights man was sentenced in connection with a violent crime spree that gained the attention of police in several Maryland counties.

Kenneth M. Hiligh, 23, was sentenced to 12 years in prison yesterday by Howard Circuit Judge Raymond J. Kane Jr. Hiligh pleaded guilty to robbery with a deadly weapon in the Jan. 26, 1995, holdup of the Restaurant Park Exxon station in the 8300 block of Benson Drive in Columbia.

The sentence will run concurrently with a 25-year term he received Feb. 20 after a jury convicted him in the armed robbery of Harry's Tiger Mart in the 7900 block of Washington Blvd. on Jan. 15, 1995.

As part of a plea agreement, he was not prosecuted in a third case, the armed robbery Jan. 27, 1995, of the Dorsey Hall Mobil station in the 4700 block of Dorsey Hall Drive.

He also has been convicted of armed robbery charges in Prince George's County and faces charges in Anne Arundel County.

Police say Hiligh and Terrance Maith, 21, of Suitland, robbed convenience stores, motels and gas stations in Maryland counties from Dec. 7, 1994, to Feb. 24, 1995. Law enforcement authorities from several jurisdictions worked together to track the two men and capture them.

On Tuesday, Maith was ordered to serve 25 years in prison, 10 without parole, for his guilty plea in the three Howard County armed robberies.

Pub Date: 3/28/96

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