Man gets 12 1/2 years for failed carjacking

CRIME WATCH

Baltimore & Region

November 11, 2005|By MATTHEW DOLAN

A 47-year-old man who robbed and attempted to carjack a Baltimore law school student last year was sentenced yesterday to 12 1/2 years in a federal prison, the U.S. attorney's office said.

U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Norman Johnson of Baltimore after he pleaded guilty Aug. 25 to attempted carjacking, a federal offense.

According to court papers, a night law school student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore walked from the campus to her vehicle in the 500 block of W. Lexington St. about 10:20 p.m. Feb. 23, 2004. As she was putting her bag in the car, Johnson approached her, saying "Get in the car and give me your keys," according to court documents.

They struggled, the student broke free and Johnson ran away with her belongings. Johnson was arrested a short time later with the student's purse and cell phone.

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