Man gets 3 years in spitting incident

December 24, 2003|By Allison Klein | Allison Klein,SUN STAFF

A belligerent Baltimore man who spit in the face of an assistant state's attorney and put a curse on her during a probation hearing this year was sentenced to three years in prison yesterday for the incident.

Michael Williams, 34, of the 3000 block of W. North Ave. pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and was sentenced by city Circuit Judge John M. Glynn.

At yesterday's hearing, Williams apologized to prosecutor Carrie Bower for his actions.

"He said he was sorry and hoped I accepted his apology, which I did," said Bower, who brought assault charges against Williams. "He realized he really stepped over the line."

The spitting incident happened at a July 24 hearing, moments after Circuit Judge Althea M. Handy gave Williams - who has a long, drug-related criminal history - a 15-year sentence for violation of probation stemming from a drug case.

"When she sentenced him, he just went berserk," Bowers said.

Williams placed a hex on the United States, Jewish people, Handy and Bower. He cursed Bower, and as sheriff's deputies led him out of the courtroom, he spit on the right side of Bower's face.

Williams' three-year sentence imposed yesterday is to run consecutively to the 15 years Handy gave him in July. He also is scheduled for trial Jan. 14 on unrelated drug charges.

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