Man given 50 years in series of crimes

June 07, 2007|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,Sun Reporter

Keith Ray, whom police considered a one-man crime wave last summer in the northern part of the city, pleaded guilty Tuesday to 13 counts of armed carjacking, armed robbery and other charges. Ray, 37, was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Throughout June and July 2006, Ray, of the 4000 block of Rexmere Road, committed so many crimes in the Guilford area that those residents teamed up with police and prosecutors to make sure that he received a lengthy prison sentence, prosecutors said.

Ray was held without bail while awaiting trial, but at a hearing in December, he slipped out of his leg irons and dashed out of the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse on Calvert Street with a pair of handcuffs dangling from one wrist. Two city police detectives on State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy's security detail chased him and captured him a block away on Charles Street. Escape charges were dropped as part of Ray's plea deal.

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