Woman admits role in 1999 robbery

Guilty plea is second this week in holdup at Wilde Lake Giant

April 12, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A 30-year-old Baltimore woman pleaded guilty in Howard County Circuit Court to a conspiracy charge yesterday in connection with the January 1999 armed robbery of the Wilde Lake Giant during which one of the robbers carried an AK-47 assault rifle.

Angela Watkins, who was accused of casing the supermarket for the robbers and waiting outside in a stolen car during the Jan. 12, 1999, robbery, faces a possible five- to 10-year prison term at sentencing, according to a plea agreement worked out with prosecutors.

Watkins is the second person this week to plead to charges in the robbery; Duane E. Curtis, one of the two robbers, pleaded guilty to an armed robbery charge in the case Tuesday and is facing a possible 9 1/2 -year sentence.

A third defendant, Armistead D. Myers, has been charged with using a firearm - the AK-47 - in a violent crime and conspiracy in connection with a string of Howard County robberies and attempted robberies dating to December 1997.

Although federal and state prosecutors have been mum about the role Watkins and Curtis might play in Myers' case, yesterday's court hearing provided a few clues.

Watkins' defense lawyer made reference to talks between his client and the U.S. attorney's office and mentioned a plea agreement between the two.

A Howard County Circuit Court Judge acquitted Myers of state court charges in the case last spring, saying prosecutors had not done enough to independently confirm Watkins' then-immunized testimony against him.

By law, the testimony of an alleged accomplice must be corroborated.

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