Man gets 8 years for attempted robbery

20-year-old pleads guilty to using handgun to try to steal from former boss

June 27, 2000|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A 20-year-old man was sentenced yesterday to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to the attempted armed robbery of his former restaurant employer outside her Westminster home in February.

Courtney F. Gross of the 1300 block of Silver Run Valley Road in Westminster also pleaded guilty to using a handgun in the commission of a felony, a mandatory five-year sentence, said prosecutor David P. Daggett.

Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. imposed consecutive 10-year terms on each charge before suspending five years on the handgun count and seven years on the attempted armed robbery count.

Upon his release, Gross will serve five years' probation, Daggett said.

The attempted robbery occurred Feb. 13 at the home of Frances M. Baker in the 400 block of John Owings Road. Baker, who owns Bradley's Foxbriar Inn on Littlestown Pike north of Westminster, had returned home at 12:10 a.m. when two masked men, one armed with a pistol, accosted her in her driveway and demanded "... the money from the Foxbriar Inn."

Baker told state police the masked men ran to a nearby car and fled after she shouted for Natasha, the family's large German shepherd. Daggett said the dog was chained and could not have gotten the robbers, but the ruse worked.

Baker was not injured and told police she recognized the voice of one of the robbers as that of Gross, a former employee.

Within three days, state police investigators arrested Gross. Within another week, police arrested three juveniles as co-conspirators.

Two of the juveniles were in the waiting car.

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