Guilty plea entered in robbery

Woman agrees to testify in co-defendant's trial

July 10, 2002|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

A Winfield woman has agreed to become a prosecution witness in a co-defendant's trial on charges of armed robbery and the kidnapping of a Carroll County family in December.

As part of a plea agreement, Sharron Denise Bowman, 38, of the 1800 block of Sams Creek Road received an 18-month sentence yesterday in county Circuit Court for armed robbery and conspiracy. Judge Michael M. Galloway also ordered her to pay $1,052 in restitution, said State's Attorney Jerry F. Barnes.

Bowman drove the getaway car Dec. 11 in the sawed-off shotgun robberies of Admiral Cleaners in Sykesville and the Winfield Amoco gasoline station, later telling the police that she received $100, according to charging documents.

A week later, after an armed robbery attempt in Randallstown, police chased a car driven by Bowman from a liquor store parking lot in the 1700 block of Liberty Road in Winfield. The chase ended a mile away on Braddock Road. A male passenger fled from the vehicle during the pursuit.

Minutes later, a man broke into a nearby home and at gunpoint took a couple and their 11-year-old son to Taneytown Shopping Center, where he released them after taking $60 and $150 worth of jewelry, according to police.

John Henry Williams Jr., 30, surrendered to police Dec. 24 after a six-day manhunt that included state police in Maryland and Pennsylvania and the FBI.

Williams, whose most recent address was in the first block of Pennsylvania Ave., Westminster, is charged with 14 counts in two armed robbery cases, and with 21 counts in the home invasion case, including three counts of kidnapping punishable by up to 30 years in prison, Barnes said.

Bowman also has agreed to cooperate with Baltimore County authorities in the Randallstown case of attempted robbery, which occurred at a gasoline station, Barnes said.

A tall man pulled a shotgun from under his oversized black coat but fled when the proprietor confronted him with a handgun.

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