Man convicted of robbery, stays in treatment program

September 06, 1996|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore man who knocked a woman down and grabbed her purse outside a Westminster funeral home last year was convicted of robbery after pleading not guilty in Carroll County Circuit Court yesterday.

Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. gave Brian Wayne Leonard, 27, credit for 142 days in jail and suspended the rest of a six-year prison sentence, allowing Leonard to remain in an alcohol and drug recovery program in Baltimore.

Leonard, who lived in the 100 block of E. Nicodemus Road at the time of the offense, lists the Fells Point treatment center as his bTC home. Burns placed him on four years of probation, the first two to be supervised by the Department of Parole and Probation.

Court records showed that the victim's husband, Ralph J. Schaeffer, and about six bystanders chased Leonard on May 29, 1995, after he grabbed Josephine Schaeffer's purse as she was getting out of a car to enter Fletcher's Funeral Home in the 200 block of E. Main St.

The crowd chased Leonard south on Church Street, east on Green Street and through an alley before he ducked into a residence in the 200 block of E. Main St.

Leonard ran out a side door before police apprehended him. The stolen purse was found under a bed in the residence, police said.

Pub Date: 9/06/96

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