Westminster man found guilty in April carjacking

Co-defendant testified they wanted to use girl's car to rob gas station

September 07, 2001|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

A 44-year-old Westminster man was found guilty yesterday of charges stemming from the April 30 carjacking of a 17-year-old Westminster girl as she was returning a rented videotape at the Carroll Plaza Shopping Center.

Hubert O. Mason was found guilty of armed carjacking, carjacking, conspiracy to commit carjacking, armed robbery, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, second-degree assault, theft of less than $500, and false imprisonment. Carroll County Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. did not schedule sentencing.

A jury of five women and seven men deliberated for more than six hours on the 12 counts against Mason, finding him innocent of three conspiracy counts for armed carjacking, armed robbery and theft.

Co-defendant Jonathan Scott Eyler, 27, of Westminster pleaded guilty to several charges in the case and is to receive a sentence of up to 13 years in prison.

Eyler, who cooperated with prosecutors, testified Wednesday that he and Mason wanted money for cocaine that night and intended to use the vehicle for a robbery.

Eyler told the court that he jumped into the girl's Ford Explorer about 10 p.m., ordered her at gunpoint to "scoot over" and picked up Mason from another store in the shopping center at Route 140 and Englar Road. They drove to a gasoline station on Liberty Street but "chickened out" on robbing it, then drove around for about 15 minutes before abandoning the girl and the vehicle in an alley off Pennsylvania Avenue near West Middle School, he testified.

The victim was not harmed but was crying throughout the incident and robbed of $15 to $20.

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