Baltimorean pleads guilty in home assaults, robbery

Attack on a houseful in Westminster nets 15 years behind bars

May 17, 2000|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore man was sentenced to 15 years in prison yesterday, after pleading guilty to robbing and assaulting a houseful of people in Westminster in December.

The guilty plea from Anthony S. Taylor, 22, of the 2000 block of Bob Henderson Court came immediately after a lunch break in Carroll Circuit Court. Earlier, his attorney, Janette DeBoissiere, had sought to suppress evidence that could have been used against her client. A jury trial was scheduled to begin in July.

Judge Luke K. Burns imposed a 25-year sentence on a first-degree assault charge before suspending 10 years of the term. The judge imposed 20-year terms for two counts of armed robbery and one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine before suspending five years on each of those terms. He also imposed a five-year sentence on the handgun charge.

All the sentences are to be served concurrently. Upon release, Taylor will be on five years' probation.

In the statement of the facts, Prosecutor Clarence W. Beall III summarized what he said witnesses would have said at trial.

He said Taylor was armed with a handgun at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 when he went to the home of Joseph Makowski on Salem Bottom Road. Taylor ordered Makowski and other occupants to lie on the floor. He robbed and assaulted them and, as others arrived, he also robbed and assaulted them.

Two men were wounded, each shot in the right leg. Another man was injured when he jumped through a window to get away, and a 17-year-old boy suffered a cut eye after being struck with a pistol.

Taylor was arrested walking a few blocks from the scene and nearly an ounce of cocaine was taken from him, according to the statement of facts.

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