Two men sentenced to prison in shooting in Timonium Mother, girl were assaulted as they were leaving home on Pot Spring Road

November 07, 1997|By Joan Jacobson | Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF

Two men convicted last month of attempted murder and robbery in the shooting of Shannon L. Senna in 1996 at her Timonium home as she prepared to take her 6-year-old daughter to day care were sentenced yesterday.

Baltimore County Circuit Judge James T. Smith sentenced William E. Sharper, 41, to 30 years in prison and Joseph M. Johnson, 23, to 15 years, according to Assistant State's Attorney Stephen R. Roscher.

The two were convicted of attempted second-degree murder, car theft and robbery with a deadly weapon.

A third man charged in the attack, Gilbert J. Dent III, 30, pleaded guilty to robbery with a deadly weapon and previously was sentenced to 15 years.

The attack took place Aug. 5, 1996, at 7: 30 a.m. in the 1500 block of Pot Spring Road. Roscher said. After Senna, and her daughter got into the car in their garage, they were assaulted by the three men. Sharper shot Senna in the chest, then bound mother and child.

The assailants entered the house, where they mistakenly believed a large amount of money was hidden. They held Senna's husband, Jozeph F. Senna Jr., and the couple's teen-age son at gunpoint while they ransacked the house.

The men were arrested that day after a neighbor saw them run from a white Mercedes they had stolen from the Sennas to a dented pickup truck.

Shannon Senna was hospitalized after the attack and released.

Dent was identified as once working for Jozeph Senna, who owns a Cockeysville perfume business.

Pub Date: 11/07/97

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