Homeless man sentenced for damaging parking meters He seeks work-release so that he can pay restitution

November 26, 1997|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A 21-year-old homeless man asked a Carroll County judge yesterday to put him in jail on work-release until he can find a job and a home.

Daniel N. Robertson, formerly of Finksburg, faced sentencing yesterday after being convicted in August of breaking into 51 jTC Westminster parking meters and resisting arrest in March.

Until last week, Robertson had been held at the Carroll County Detention Center since July 16 on an unrelated drunken-driving conviction.

Brad Bauhof, a Westminster attorney representing Robertson, said that when his client got out of jail last week, he had nowhere to go, no job and no prospects of one. Bauhof said Robertson needs help. Bauhof told Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. that his client has no family in the area and has been existing without a job by staying with friends.

Bauhof said Robertson's mother moved away and that his former foster mother in Hampstead had no room to take him in.

"All he wants is to serve his time locally with work-release so he can earn enough to pay restitution and save some money to break the cycle he has found himself in," said Bauhof.

Robertson owes restitution of $2,216 to the city of Westminster for damage to the meters and coins that were stolen on March 20.

"I want to put this behind me, and I need work-release so I can pay and get a place I can call home," he told Burns.

Burns gave Robertson a one-year sentence for resisting arrest and a consecutive three-year sentence for malicious destruction property. He then suspended 30 months of the latter term and ordered that Robertson be placed on three years of probation when he is released.

Officers found Robertson hiding in a bush on Liberty Street about 1 a.m. March 20. He had more than $100 in coins and a crowbar in his pockets, prosecutors said.

Pub Date: 11/26/97

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