Man gets 25 years in Feb. shooting Ex-baseball player sentenced in attack on delivery woman

November 25, 1997|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A 20-year-old Taneytown man who once appeared to have a promising future in professional baseball was sentenced to 25 years in prison yesterday for his role in the shooting of a pizza delivery woman last winter.

Corey A. Coil, 20, fought back tears while apologizing to the victim, Linda D. Bond, 48, of Frizzellburg, and asked Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. for another chance.

Burns heard testimony from defense witnesses who said Coil lacked leadership and is a follower, but showed major-league potential as an amateur baseball pitcher.

Reached by phone, Matt Slater, scouting administrator for the Baltimore Orioles, confirmed yesterday that Coil was drafted by the American League team out of Francis Scott Key High School in the 47th round of the major-league draft in 1995.

Slater declined to comment further.

Prosecutor Clarence W. Beall III said he was led to believe that Coil was a professional baseball prospect with a 90-mph fastball.

Stephen Brezler, an amateur baseball coach from Hampstead, tTC said Coil was a hard worker and showed talent at age 14, the first of about three summer seasons he played for Brezler.

Brezler said he had misgivings about testifying because of the serious charges and the publicity surrounding the case.

"Often, players with a lot of talent are hard to coach, but Corey wasn't like that at all," he said. He said Coil lacked leadership qualities.

Terry Coil, Corey's father, said the hardest thing he has had to do as a parent was to visit his son and hear the sound of the steel jail door slamming shut.

He asked Burns to consider that his son's need for acceptance, his need to fit in with his peers, clouded his judgment.

"On his own, I know Corey never would have done this," he said.

Beall painted a much different picture for the judge.

The prosecutor said Coil picked up three teen-age friends in his car Feb. 20 and drove them to a remote area along Roop Road, five miles from Taneytown, to check out the planned robbery site.

Coil then drove to a co-defendant's house, where a gun was retrieved, Beall said.

Bond was shot, and a .22-caliber bullet that remains in her body causes chronic pain, he said.

The attempted robbery went awry when Bond did not stop her car as the defendants thought she would after they had called in a bogus order to lure her to the site from the Taneytown Pizza Hut.

Beall said Coil and his friends knew Bond from middle school, where she had worked in the cafeteria, and knew that she would be the one most likely to make the delivery to the Roop Road area.

"Knowing that she would be able to identify them, they were either incredibly stupid, or they knew she was going to be killed that night," said Beall.

Coil drove his friends home after the shooting, Beall said.

"Throughout the events of that afternoon and evening, Corey had many opportunities to get out of the situation, but he didn't," Beall said.

The prosecutor also said Coil has committed at least two infractions at the Carroll County Detention Center, where he has been held since Feb. 28.

One involved an alleged attack on an inmate. In another incident, Coil allegedly threw urine onto a correctional officer.

Those matters have yet to be resolved in court.

Two of Coil's co-defendants, Leo J. Brandenburg, 18, and Melissa A. Redding, 19, both of Taneytown, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to rob.

Brandenburg was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Redding, in a plea agreement, will be sentenced to no more than 18 months after she testifies against the fourth co-defendant, Edward F. Sible, 19, of Harney.

Sible is being held without bail awaiting trial in January on charges of attempted first-degree murder. Prosecutors think Sible pulled the trigger.

Burns offered no comment before imposing a 20-year sentence on Coil for conspiracy to commit armed robbery. He suspended 10 years of that term.

Burns also suspended 10 years of a 20-year term on a charge of attempted robbery with a deadly weapon and made it concurrent with the first count.

He imposed a 25-year sentence on a count of first-degree assault and suspended 10 years, making it consecutive to the first count.

Burns also imposed a mandatory five-year sentence on a charge of using a handgun in an attempted armed robbery and made the term concurrent with the first count.

Finally, Burns ordered that Coil be placed on five years of probation after being released and that he pay restitution of $2,970 to Bond.

Pub Date: 11/25/97

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