A 21-year-old Columbia man who took part in an armed robbery and a carjacking in June 2008 was sentenced Tuesday in Howard County Circuit Court to 25 years in jail for one incident and faces up to 10 years for the other.
Judge Louis A. Becker sentenced Chaz Bazzle to 25 years in connection with the carjacking and is sending him to the Patuxent Institute so he can receive mental health treatment.
On June 29, 2008, Bazzle and another man robbed three people in the parking lot of a Columbia apartment complex about 3 a.m., taking $50 in cash from one victim and cell phones from the other two, according to court documents. That night, Bazzle tried to wrestle Kohlya Eggleston out of his car in Columbia. When Eggleston put up a struggle, Bazzle stabbed him seven times, police said. Less than two hours later, Bazzle was stabbed by an unknown assailant.
After collapsing at a friend's apartment, Bazzle was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. As he was being wheeled in one direction in the emergency room, Eggleston was being wheeled in the other and identified Bazzle as his attacker.
Police interviewed Bazzle and found cell phones belonging to the robbery victims in his pocket. He was later identified by the armed robbery victims and arrested for that incident. Bazzle was in the midst of a drug- and alcohol-fueled stupor and had no memory of the carjacking or stabbing, public defender Margaret Mead said. Mead said Bazzle was being raised by a grandmother who was murdered in her home when he was 3, was physically abused by his stepfather and abandoned by his mother, and was homeless for long stretches as an adolescent.
"This is a young man who really had no chance from the get-go," Mead said.