Severna Park assault earns 28-year sentence

CRIME WATCH

July 22, 2008|By NICOLE FULLER

A Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday to 28 years in prison for assaulting a woman during an attempted robbery at the home of a man accused in an Anne Arundel County dog-fighting operation.

Ambrose Eugene Rawls Jr., 29, entered an Alford plea in April to charges of first-degree assault, attempted robbery and use of a handgun during the commission of a felony.

In an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges that the state has enough evidence to convict. Prosecutors had sought a 38-year prison term.

On June 30 last year, Rawls and an accomplice broke down the door of a home on Glenn Road in Severna Park, where three women and a man were, said prosecutor Jennifer M. Alexander. Rawls repeatedly pistol-whipped a woman in the basement, screaming, "Where's the money?" Alexander said.

"I don't know what you were, the muscle, some kind of enforcer, a gangster or a thug," Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Paul G. Goetzke told Rawls after sentencing.

Paul Anthony Walsh, who police say was Rawls' accomplice, is accused of shooting Kevin Jay Green, who lived at the home with his girlfriend. His trial is scheduled for September.

Police apprehended the pair after a high-speed chase, Alexander said. The pistol-whipped woman's blood and DNA were on Rawls' shirt at the time of his arrest, the prosecutor said.

Two months later, police arrested Green and housemate Kathleen Marie Bell on charges of running a dog-fighting operation at the house and charged them with offenses including maintaining a dog-fighting operation, cruelty to animals and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Bell pleaded guilty in April to one count of possession of cocaine, and all dog-fighting charges against her were dropped.

Green is scheduled for a trial next month.

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