Woman gets 3-year term for assisting robberies Getaway-car driver sobs as judge rebuffs plea to suspend all of sentence

January 08, 1998|By Tanya Jones | Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF

A 19-year-old Glen Burnie resident and former community college student was sentenced to 12 years in prison yesterday, with all but three years suspended, for her part in two armed robberies at fast-food restaurants last year.

Passion Lee Moseley covered her face as Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Eugene M. Lerner read the sentence. She then began sobbing and doubled over in her seat after being handcuffed.

If she is admitted to a boot-camp-style program, Moseley might not have to serve the three years, said her public defender, Daryl Jones.

"I'm not a criminal," Moseley yelled repeatedly as her mother prayed over her and tried to comfort her.

Moseley drove the getaway car for two Baltimore men who robbed the McDonald's in the 7900 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. in Glen Burnie on Jan. 27 and Feb. 6, prosecutors said. In October, she pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Assistant State's Attorney Frederick M. Paone dropped several related charges yesterday.

The sentencing came a day after a Baltimore County judge suspended all but 10 years of Moseley's sentence on a similar conviction there and released her on four years of supervised probation. She was convicted in the Feb. 19 robbery of a McDonald's in the 1700 block of Reisterstown Road.

Jones sought a similar sentence yesterday, saying Moseley had no criminal record until she was intimidated into driving the getaway car for the gunmen, one of whom is her cousin. He said Moseley suffers from a hereditary eye disease that will blind her by age 25. A long but suspended sentence would motivate Moseley to rehabilitate herself and go back to school, Jones said.

Lerner was not as lenient as the Baltimore County judge.

"Armed robbery is a very, very strong crime, and she was part of it," he said. "I just can't simply let her walk out of this courtroom."

Paone had asked for a sentence of five years under a plea agreement in which Moseley agreed to cooperate in the trials of her co-defendants.

Mikeal Antonio Peterson, 22, of the 4600 block of Parkton St. in Baltimore and Roy Lee Hines, 29, of the 2300 block of Fayette St. in Baltimore pleaded guilty to two armed robbery charges in December. Peterson was sentenced to two concurrent 10-year prison terms. Hines was sentenced to concurrent terms of seven and 15 years. Hines was also sentenced in Baltimore County in November to two concurrent 20-year sentences on similar charges.

Moseley, who had taken criminal justice courses at Anne Arundel Community College, told the judge she wanted to return to her study of mortuary science at Catonsville Community College. She said she didn't want to get involved in the robberies and worried that relatives or friends could have been in the establishments when they were robbed.

"I didn't want to do it, but I was so scared. I didn't know what to do," Moseley said. Neither Moseley nor her lawyer provided details of how she might have been frightened into participating in the crimes.

She might have been intimidated in the first case, said Paone, but that did not excuse her driving the car for the two men in several more robberies and accepting some of the proceeds.

"There's no question she was not a direct participant, but she was an important one," he said.

Pub Date: 1/08/98

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