Man gets 9 years in shooting of deliverer

June 01, 2000|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A 21-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday to nine years in prison for his role in a New Year's Day 1999 robbery and shooting in Columbia that left a pizza delivery woman seriously injured with a bullet wound to her head.

Charles A. Mosley pleaded guilty in January to armed robbery and using a handgun in a felony under an agreement with prosecutors, who dropped nine other charges, including attempted murder, in exchange for his testimony against another defendant.

That defendant, Naim Quinton Abdul-Muhaimin, 22, also from Baltimore, was acquitted in February of attempted murder but convicted of assault, armed robbery and other charges.

Prosecutors said yesterday that they made the right decision by dropping the most serious charges against Mosley in exchange for his cooperation.

"His testimony was imperative so we could convict Naim Quinton Abdul-Muhaimin, the self-admitted shooter," said Assistant State's Attorney Thomas W. Rafter. "Our main goal was to get a conviction of the shooter."

Mosley's lawyer left immediately after the hearing and could not be reached for comment. Abdul-Muhaimin is scheduled to be sentenced in July.

According to court testimony and records, Mosley and Abdul-Muhaimin ordered Papa John's pizza to be delivered in the 6100 block of Turnabout Lane, hoping to lure a delivery driver to an apartment complex for a robbery. Martha Lunsford of North Laurel and another driver, Adeola Okabanjo, made the delivery.

When they arrived, the drivers were confronted by Mosley and Abdul-Muhaimin and were taken into a laundry room in the complex. There, they were ordered to face the wall and were robbed of cash.

The robbers then led the delivery drivers at gunpoint to their cars, where Lunsford tried to flee and Abdul-Muhaimin chased her. He then dragged her across the parking lot and shot her in the head.

Both robbers fled to North Carolina, where they were arrested more than two weeks later.

Lunsford was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was treated and released a few days later. Last summer, she had surgery to remove bullet fragments from her jaw.

At his trial, Adbul-Muhaimin's attorney argued that his client had the maturity of a 10-year-old and had been manipulated by Mosley. The attorney, Paul M. Polansky, said his client did not mean to hurt Lunsford and thought the gun was only a starter pistol.

It took jurors more than 10 hours over two days to find Abdul-Muhaimin guilty of assault, robbery, attempted car-jacking and using a handgun in a felony.

Abdul-Muhaimin will likely receive a sentence between 36 to 60 years, according to guidelines.

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