Man receives 20 years for assaulting troopers New Windsor defendant was critically wounded

April 04, 1996|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A New Windsor man who pleaded guilty in January to assault with intent to murder two state police troopers who critically wounded him in July was sentenced to two concurrent 20-year terms in state prison yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court.

Complying with a plea arrangement, Judge Francis M. Arnold suspended all but eight years of the sentence against John Meredith Carter, who has been in jail since July 31, 1994.

Judge Arnold allowed 20 months and three days of credit for time served in jail and placed Carter on five years of supervised probation after his release.

According to police and court records, Carter was under court order to stay away from his wife when state police were called to the family home last summer.

When troopers arrived, they heard shouts and what they believed to be threats of violence from inside.

Fearing that Carter intended to kill his wife, Mary Jane, the troopers entered the apartment building and confronted Carter at the top of a narrow stairway.

Court records showed Carter tried to point a loaded rifle at them.

As Tfc. Edward Humphries struggled with Carter, another trooper, Tfc. R. Shawn Miller, fired one round from his shotgun. The blast hit Carter in the chest, court records showed.

The troopers found the man's wife handcuffed to a towel rack in the bathroom.

Carter was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore in critical condition, where he recovered before he was charged.

Yesterday, Carter's wife, their three children and two friends told Judge Arnold that the defendant was a wonderful husband, father and friend, when he was not drinking.

All said they would welcome him home after his release.

The defendant wept softly after his 15-year-old daughter, sobbing, told Judge Arnold, "We need him back."

Judge Arnold said the maximum penalty for each count was 30 years. He said plea negotiations that placed a cap of eight years to serve in prison accounted for sufficient leniency.

Pub Date: 4/04/96

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