Man who robbed bank while drunk gets 4-year term

November 04, 1997|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

A county Circuit Court judge sentenced a drunken bank robber to four years in prison yesterday.

A plea agreement reached last month limited the sentence for John Wayne Newman, 36, to five years. Assistant State's Attorney Anne Colt Leitess had sought the full five-year term from Judge Lawrence H. Rushworth.

Newman and Robert George Pawley, 31, neither with a fixed address, both pleaded guilty to one count of robbery. Four lesser charges were dropped.

The two men robbed a Linthicum bank on a lark and wobbled away on bicycles, but police caught them minutes later.

Newman staggered into the Signet Bank branch in the 700 block of Hammonds Ferry Road about 11 a.m. Feb. 4. Unarmed, he asked for money. Police said he was so inebriated that on the way out he dropped wads of bills from the about $1,400 a teller had handed him. He hopped onto his bicycle and pedaled a few hundred feet to where Pawley was waiting.

Pawley was arrested near the Baltimore Beltway, where the two men had ridden.

Officers followed a muddy trail to a nearby camper where Newman was living and arrested him. He had $160 with him.

An additional $900 was recovered, mostly by people who turned in cash to the bank. About $350 is still missing.

Pawley was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison in an earlier plea agreement.

Pub Date: 11/04/97

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