City Man Gets 25 Years In Howard Robbery

July 08, 2009|By Don Markus | Don Markus,don.markus@baltsun.com

A Baltimore man was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in prison in the armed robbery of two men trying to make a deposit at a Clarksville bank in September 2007.

Howard County Circuit Judge Dennis M. Sweeney ordered Antoine Skipwith to serve five years of probation after his release.

After an initial jury trial ended in a mistrial, Skipwith, 32, of the 1700 block of Luzerne Ave. pleaded guilty to armed robbery, use of a handgun in commission of a felony, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and trying to elude police.

Skipwith robbed Joseph Marsiglia Jr., the son of a car-wash owner, and Charles Kent, who worked there, as they were making a deposit. According to police, Skipwith drove a car he had stolen that day to the Clarksville Square shopping center, where the bank was located. Skipwith tried to take a cash bag from Marsiglia, who resisted and was pistol-whipped.

Police later recovered about $800 from the stolen car, which Skipwith abandoned after crashing into a ditch at Triadelphia Road and Route 32 after a high-speed chase.

At the time of the robbery, a warrant had been issued for Skipwith's arrest after he walked away from a Baltimore work-release program while serving time for another robbery.

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