City man, 23, gets 20 years in shooting, abduction

Victim was found bleeding on Ripken porch last year

November 30, 2004|By Jennifer McMenamin | Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF

A 23-year-old Baltimore man accused of kidnapping and shooting a man who was left naked on Thanksgiving Day last year near Cal Ripken Jr.'s home was sentenced yesterday to 20 years in prison.

William H. Gunn of the 3800 block of Victoria Ave. pleaded guilty last month to one count of first-degree assault in the attack Nov. 27 last year on Brian Holmes Robbins.

Robbins, 21, told police that he was kidnapped near his apartment in the 1100 block of St. Paul St. in downtown Baltimore and released in a field near Ripken's Worthington Valley home nine hours later. Shot once in the back, Robbins ended up on the former Orioles star's front porch, bleeding and yelling for help.

Baltimore County Circuit Judge Michael J. Finifter sentenced Gunn to 25 years but suspended five years of the prison term.

John Cox, an assistant state's attorney, said that authorities believe Gunn was the shooter.

Defense attorney Gary S. Bernstein said otherwise. "The evidence shows he did not fit the description of the shooter," he said in an interview after yesterday's court hearing.

Gunn was the only one of three suspected captors who has been arrested, Cox said.

Police said that they believe the men were trying to extort money from Robbins, who told authorities that as he was being driven around, his kidnappers repeatedly asked him to call people he knew and ask for money. They never received any.

Ripken called 911 twice - first about 9 p.m. to report a man banging on his door and then a few minutes later to report that the man appeared to have been shot. Officers found Robbins bleeding on the Ripkens' front porch.

Robbins told police that he was released in a field near Dover Road and Tufton Avenue, which is in the Worthington Valley area of Baltimore County. Told to strip naked and start running, Robbins turned to run, heard several shots and was struck once in the back.

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