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August 17, 2007

Armed robbery conviction brings term of 40 years

A 22-year-old man who was found guilty of armed robbery for holding up a liquor store in Northeast Baltimore has been sentenced to 40 years in prison, according to city prosecutors.

After a two-day trial in Baltimore Circuit Court, a jury Wednesday convicted Jeffrey Corporal of armed robbery, reckless endangerment, using a handgun in a crime of violence and having a handgun in a vehicle, prosecutor said.

Circuit Judge John N. Prevas ordered Corporal to spend 20 years in prison for armed robbery and 20 years in prison on the gun charges.

The sentences are to be served consecutively.

Prosecutors said Corporal, of the 3700 block of Brice Run Road in Randallstown, held up Mike Kim of Parkside Liquors, in the 5100 block of Sinclair Lane, about 9:20 a.m. June 8 last year. Kim, the owner, told police that Corporal had accompanied the gunman, Dominic Satchell, who has pleaded guilty in the case and has been sentenced to 13 years in prison.

The prosecutors said Satchell pointed a handgun at Kim's head and Corporal hopped over the counter and took $3,025 from the register. Both men escaped in a red Dodge Neon rental car.

Prosecutors said the robbery was captured on a surveillance video and that DNA evidence from Satchell and Corporal was found in the car.

Baltimore

: Federal court

Gun-count guilty plea yields 10-year term

A 25-year-old Baltimore man who pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison, according to prosecutors with the Maryland U.S. attorney's office.

U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz also ordered Gregory Williams to serve three years of supervised probation after the prison term, prosecutors said. Williams has a previous felony handgun conviction.

Prosecutors said that Williams was arrested Sept. 27 after city police and agents with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives intercepted a phone call with a suspected drug dealer.

Agents then watched as Williams entered and left the suspected dealer's house in Baltimore, and arrested him after stopping his car on a traffic infraction, prosecutors said.

Police said they seized a small amount of marijuana, 3 grams of heroin, four cell phones and $1,458. Authorities said Williams admitted he had a gun at his home, and police said they recovered a .38-caliber revolver.

Gwynns Falls

Scavenger hunt extended to Oct. 14

A scavenger hunt along the Gwynns Falls Trail -- designed to combine hiking and history -- has been extended into the fall, with a new end date of Oct. 14, according to the Parks and People Foundation.

People using the 14-mile urban nature trail that winds along the Gwynns Falls and up the Patapsco will now have more time to answer questions and win prizes, including a new bicycle, a trapeze lesson and camping gear. The hunt was to have ended Sept. 2

Participants with a map can walk the same land on which blacks fought against slavery and segregation, and learn about Baltimore's past. They then can answer questions that, if answered correctly, make them eligible to win prizes.

The map and questions can be obtained at www.gwynnsfallstrail.org. The trail and hunt are free.

Harford County

: Aberdeen

Arson attempt under investigation

The Maryland state fire marshal's office is investigating an incident in which two Molotov cocktails were thrown at the home of a Cecil County deputy sheriff who lives in Aberdeen, authorities said yesterday.

A neighbor of Don Alexander noticed a small fire at the back of the house in the 700 block of Clayton St. shortly before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, said Deputy State Fire Marshal Joseph Zurolo Jr.

Firefighters were called to the home, where Alexander was alone at the time. No damage was done to the exterior of the house, Zurolo said.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Bel Air office of the state fire marshal, 410-836-4844.

Ellie Baublitz

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