Judge reaffirms unusual probation in manslaughter case

November 25, 1997|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Pamela L. North refused yesterday to change an unusual probation term for a man who admitted killing another man near a Glen Burnie bar.

Lawyer Philip H. Armstrong asked that Michael W. Lovelace, 37, of Glen Burnie be given a different type of community service instead of speaking at 10 county high schools about why it is wrong to carry a loaded handgun in one's car.

Armstrong said his client probably was the wrong messenger, given his strong feelings about the Second Amendment -- the right to bear arms -- and given his discomfort speaking to crowds.

But Assistant State's Attorney John LeCornu said testimony from Lovelace's first trial showed that he could address gatherings of strangers.

"He held the patrons of the Crossroads Tavern spellbound as he imitated Elvis Presley," LeCornu said, "so I am convinced he can do it."

North stuck to the terms of the probation, clarifying them so that Lovelace understood that the subject of his high school talks should be the problem of carrying a loaded handgun in one's car, not about gun control in general.

Lovelace pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the slaying of George J. Miller, 48, of Glen Burnie in April 1996. The two men had argued. Miller had threatened Lovelace with pool cues, and Lovelace shot Miller six times with a gun he retrieved from his car.

Last month, North ordered a 10-year prison sentence for Lovelace, but she suspended nine years. With time previously served and time off for good behavior, he is likely to be home for Christmas.

Pub Date: 11/25/97

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