Teenager pleads guilty in stabbing of bus driver

September 03, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Baltimore teenager pleaded guilty in Circuit Court yesterday to attempted second-degree murder for stabbing a bus driver three times after the driver refused to let the boy ride at a reduced rate.

David James McCloud, 17, of the 2400 block of Presbury St. was sentenced to 30 years in prison, with all but 15 years suspended. He was also sentenced to five years' probation after he is released from prison.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Kaye Allison denied a previous motion to transfer the case to Juvenile Court.

Maryland Transit Administration bus driver Bryant McAllister was stabbed three times, including one time in the neck, at 5:45 p.m. Feb. 23 in the 300 block of E. Baltimore St.

McAllister and McCloud had argued over the amount of a bus fare.

Shortly after the stabbing, police detectives released a photo of McCloud taken from the bus' surveillance cameras.

He was arrested several days later after police got an anonymous tip that someone resembling the stabbing suspect was standing in the 2400 block of Presbury St.

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