25-year term imposed on a repeat robber Man, 34, serving 10 years in one earlier theft, 12 years in another

October 08, 1998|By Dana Hedgpeth | Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF

A Howard County Circuit judge has sentenced a repeat armed robber to 25 years in prison for the October 1997 robbery of a popular Ellicott City restaurant.

Judge James B. Dudley sentenced Oril Thomas Jackson, 34, of the 900 block of Calhoun St. on Tuesday after he pleaded not guilty to charges of robbery with a deadly weapon and use of a handgun.

The not guilty plea came in a statement of facts heard by the

judge after a plea agreement in another case. Jackon was found guilty by the judge.

According to police reports, Jackson stole about $5,200 from two employees at the Bare Bones Restaurant along Baltimore National Pike.

The case against Jackson, who has a long record of armed robberies in the Baltimore area, is an example of flaws in the criminal justice system, Howard County detectives say.

Since last October, Jackson has repeatedly posted more than $530,000 in bond and allegedly committed four armed robberies of liquor stores and restaurants in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard and Harford counties, police said. Howard police said he was apprehended in Harford County after a recent shootout in which he was carrying a .357 Magnum. No one was injured.

"[Jackson] kept getting arrested and released on bonds," said Cpl. Detective Ellsworth Jones, who investigated the case.

"It shows this is an imperfect system that's designed to protect the innocent, but obviously it doesn't always protect society," Jones said.

Jackson is serving a 10-year sentence for felony theft of a liquor store in Baltimore County and a 12-year sentence for another liquor store robbery in Anne Arundel. The Howard sentence will run consecutively. Jackson is awaiting trial in the Harford case.

Pub Date: 10/08/98

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