Youth gets 25-year term in shooting during ambush Teens conspired to rob pizza delivery woman

November 14, 1997|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Taneytown teen-ager was sentenced yesterday to 25 years in prison for his role in conspiring with three friends to rob a Pizza Hut delivery woman who was shot during an ambush in February.

In imposing the sentence against 17-year-old Leo J. Brandenburg Jr., Carroll Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. noted incident reports from the county jail about the teen-ager fighting with prisoners and threatening correctional officers.

"I can believe the reports, but not your attitude while being incarcerated," Burns said.

Under a plea agreement, which set the maximum time in prison at 25 years, Burns also allowed Brandenburg to serve the sentence at the Patuxent Institution program for youthful offenders.

After his release, Brandenburg is to be placed on five years of probation and must pay his share of $2,970 restitution to the wounded woman, Linda Bond, 48, of Frizzellburg.

Two of Brandenburg's co-defendants, Corey A. Coil, 19, and Melissa A. Redding, 18, both of Taneytown have pleaded guilty on conspiracy to rob charges and await sentencing.

A third co-defendant, Edward F. "Eddie" Sible, 18, of Harney faces attempted first-degree murder charges and is awaiting trial in January, court records show.

Prosecutor Clarence W. Beall III said Sible is considered the one who fired the shots that wounded Bond, who was lured to a remote area along Roop Road about 9 p.m. Feb. 20.

Beall said the plan went awry when Bond did not stop but continued driving after three shots from a .22-caliber pistol were fired at her car, he said.

One bullet shattered the windshield and another struck Bond in the shoulder. That bullet lodged behind her liver, where it remains and causes chronic pain.

Bond said she drove five miles back to Taneytown that night before she realized she had been shot. Co-workers assisted her and she was flown by state MedEvac helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Yesterday, she said every breath is painful, because the bullet passed through her diaphragm.

"Doctors have said [the healing] is as good as it is going to get," said Bond, who has returned to work, answering phones for the Taneytown Pizza Hut.

She also manages a Taneytown floral shop and knew the defendants from her 14 years as a cafeteria aide at Northwest Middle School. "I have loaned them lunch money and bought them ice cream in the past," she said.

Bond said she accepted Brandenburg's apology, which was read aloud by Frank D. Coleman, Brandenburg's attorney, at yesterday's sentencing.

Pub Date: 11/14/97

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