Baltimore police officer gets probation in N. Laurel assault

January 07, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Baltimore police officer who broke into his estranged wife's North Laurel home and hit her friend in the face with a gun was sentenced yesterday to three years of probation.

Leon C. Robinson, 41, of the 7500 block of Baleen Court in Glen Burnie pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault in October for what his lawyer said was "very much out of character" for a "very mild-mannered gentleman."

But Howard Circuit Judge James B. Dudley noted that the assault was a "very violent" one. Dudley sentenced Robinson to 730 days in jail - one day shy of two years because of leap year - but suspended the term and placed Robinson on probation.

"He should know better than this - more than a regular citizen," Dudley said.

Robinson, who was working in the city's Northwestern District at the time of the assault, has since been suspended from the force, said his attorney, James L. Rhodes.

Robinson was charged after he kicked down the door of his estranged wife's home May 3 and hit her friend in the face with a gun, according to charging documents.

Andrea Robinson told authorities that she and her husband had been separated for about a year, according to charging documents.

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