Man told to stay away from wife Carroll judge suspends term of Ellicott City resident for violating court order

November 27, 1997|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Carroll County judge issued a stern order yesterday to an Ellicott City man to whom he had just given a suspended jail

sentence for violating a court-imposed protective order.

While agreeing to two years of probation for Stephen W. Nefferdorf, 44, of the 11800 block of Triadelphia Road, Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. ordered Nefferdorf to have no contact with his estranged wife.

Burns also warned Nefferdorf not to make calls to the judge's law clerk or secretary.

On Nov. 4, a jury acquitted Nefferdorf of assaulting his wife, Judith, at her Marriottsville farm, but found him guilty of violating a temporary order to stay off her property.

The jury heard that Nefferdorf went to his wife's home about 4: 40 p.m. March 27 to visit his son and tried to remove two motorbikes from a barn.

He said he planned to show his son how to repair them.

Nefferdorf's wife said he assaulted her after she told him to leave.

Court records show that the couple is going through a divorce, which Nefferdorf mentioned many times during the trial in which he represented himself.

When Nefferdorf chose not to address the judge at yesterday's sentencing, Burns said he was shocked that the defendant had nothing to say.

"Apparently, you had a lot to say about me when you called my secretary and law clerk a couple of days ago," Burns told the defendant.

Burns said his law clerk and secretary would not repeat what Nefferdorf said to them on the telephone.

The judge then imposed a 90-day jail sentence, the maximum penalty for violating a temporary protective order, suspended the term and placed Nefferdorf on two years of supervised probation.

Pub Date: 11/27/97

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