Teen convicted in shooting of deliverywoman

January 30, 1998|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Harney teen-ager was found innocent of premeditated attempted murder but guilty of second-degree attempted murder and eight related charges by a Carroll County jury in the shooting of a Taneytown pizza deliverywoman last year.

Edward F. "Eddie" Sible, 19, could receive a sentence of 85 to 100 years in prison, prosecutor Clarence W. Beall III said. Beall said he would request a sentence of at least 60 years.

Second-degree attempted murder carries a maximum sentence of 25 years, and Sible could receive up to 20 years for using a handgun in an attempted armed robbery, Beall said.

Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold set Sible's sentencing for April 15.

Sible stood without emotion as the verdict was announced by the foreman of the jury panel, which deliberated for about five hours after three days of testimony.

"I'm sure the jury was hung up on the aspect of premeditation," Beall said. "It's a difficult [legal] concept."

Beall said Sible and co-defendants Cory A. Coil, 20, Leo "Joey" Brandenburg, 18, and Melissa A. Redding, 19, all of Taneytown, planned to rob Linda D. Bond, the pizza deliverywoman, for money to buy drugs on Feb. 20.

"They checked out [the remote area where the robbery occurred], went to get the gun at Sible's house, wore no disguises, set up no roadblocks to stop her, and Sible pulled the trigger," Beall said. "The only way to stop her was to shoot her."

Pub Date: 1/30/98

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