Man shot during break-in given 18-month prison term

January 13, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A 39-year-old Arbutus man who was shot last summer after breaking into his estranged wife's home in Savage - in the second such violent incident in one month - was sentenced Friday to 18 months in prison.

Mark Wayne Cowger of the 1400 block of Sulphur Spring Road pleaded guilty in Howard County Circuit Court to first-degree assault, second-degree assault and two counts of malicious destruction of property.

Judge Dennis M. Sweeney imposed a series of concurrent sentences, including a 20-year sentence for felony assault, but suspended all but 18 months, allowing Cowger to serve his time in a drug treatment and counseling program at the Howard County Detention Center. Sweeney also placed Cowger on five years of probation.

The conviction stems from the earlier of the two incidents, dating to May 25, in which Cowger vandalized a van and a motorcycle belonging to two of Kimberly Sue Cowger's friends and later confronted the friends with a .38-caliber gun at her Glen Court house.

Burglary and related charges against Mark Cowger in the second incident, which occurred June 26, were dropped Friday as part of a plea agreement. In that incident, one of Kimberly Cowger's friends, Reuben Hamby, shot Mark Cowger in the shoulder after he is said to have smashed his way into the Glen Court house by throwing a bench through a sliding glass door.

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