Man given four 20-year terms for home invasion

September 11, 2007|By Laura McCandlish

A Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday to four consecutive 20-year prison terms after being convicted in Carroll County Circuit Court of armed robbery, assault and kidnapping in a case involving the December burglary of an Eldersburg home that led to the shooting of a state trooper.

Ronald J. Presco, 37, of the 3000 block of Arunah Ave. was found guilty in June of 30 out of 31 charges, including armed robbery, burglary, first- and second-degree assault and kidnapping.

A second suspect, later identified as Steven T. Jones, was shot and killed five days after the burglary in a Baltimore County house as state troopers from the Westminster barracks fugitive task force tried to arrest him, police said.

During that incident, Jones fired at Tfc. Eric D. Workman, 36, critically wounding him, authorities said. Workman returned to the Westminster barracks in the spring and has since been transferred.

Presco has already served about 13 years in prison, Carroll County State's Attorney Jerry F. Barnes said. He had three convictions for armed robbery and had also been convicted of vehicular manslaughter, theft and drug crimes, Barnes said.

"He's clearly displayed a propensity to commit violent crime and be a danger to the public at large," Barnes said.

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