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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | May 5, 2001
A heroin addict who lived out of his car has been convicted of murdering and robbing the 72-year-old owner of a Falls Road pizza restaurant in July. Michael J. Hoffman, 35, was found guilty of first-degree murder and armed robbery in the fatal stabbing of Peter Makris, owner of Pepe's Pizza in the 6000 block of Falls Road, said Baltimore County Assistant States Attorney James O. Gentry Jr. Gentry said Hoffman was trying to get money to buy drugs. The prosecutor said the state estimated that $10,000 to $12,000 was taken from a locked box beneath the restaurant's cash register.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | August 22, 2001
The younger of two brothers convicted in the slaying of a Falls Road pizza shop owner was sentenced to life without parole yesterday by a Baltimore County judge convinced of the man's guilt and angered by his lack of remorse. Michael J. Hoffman, 36, told Peter Makris' family in Baltimore County Circuit Court yesterday that he didn't kill Makris last summer and that he was stunned when a jury convicted him. "I'm sorry for your loss, but I'm an innocent man," Hoffman said as he turned toward Makris' relatives, who sat crying in a hushed courtroom.
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By Nancy A. Youssef and Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF | July 6, 2000
For 20 years, Pepe's Pizza owner Peter Makris treated Martin L. Hoffman Jr., the manager of the business, like a son. He let Hoffman live above the shop rent free and lent him money whenever he needed it. Last month, family members said, he helped pay for Hoffman's father's funeral. Yesterday, Baltimore County police charged Hoffman, his brother and his brother's wife in the fatal stabbing of Makris. Makris' body was found Monday morning inside the business. Police were called to the scene by Hoffman, who told dispatchers that Makris, 72, appeared to have suffered a heart attack.
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | May 5, 2001
A heroin addict who lived out of his car has been convicted of murdering and robbing the 72-year-old owner of a Falls Road pizza restaurant in July. Michael J. Hoffman, 35, was found guilty of first-degree murder and armed robbery in the fatal stabbing of Peter Makris, owner of Pepe's Pizza in the 6000 block of Falls Road, said Baltimore County Assistant States Attorney James O. Gentry Jr. Gentry said Hoffman was trying to get money to buy drugs. The prosecutor said the state estimated that $10,000 to $12,000 was taken from a locked box beneath the restaurant's cash register.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | August 22, 2001
The younger of two brothers convicted in the slaying of a Falls Road pizza shop owner was sentenced to life without parole yesterday by a Baltimore County judge convinced of the man's guilt and angered by his lack of remorse. Michael J. Hoffman, 36, told Peter Makris' family in Baltimore County Circuit Court yesterday that he didn't kill Makris last summer and that he was stunned when a jury convicted him. "I'm sorry for your loss, but I'm an innocent man," Hoffman said as he turned toward Makris' relatives, who sat crying in a hushed courtroom.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | March 8, 2001
A Baltimore County circuit judge ruled yesterday that statements a suspect made to a police detective and a jailhouse informant can be used when he is tried in the killing of a 72-year-old pizza shop owner. Judge Robert N. Dugan said after a hearing yesterday that Martin L. Hoffman Jr. was advised of his rights before he talked to police in a series of interviews that led to his arrest July 4. "The court does not find any coercion or any improper police action in interviewing this defendant," Dugan said.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | May 30, 2001
A 20-year-old woman pleaded guilty yesterday to being an accessory after the fact in the killing of a Falls Road pizza shop owner in July. Jennifer Hoffman admitted in Baltimore County Circuit Court that she waited outside Pepe's Pizza while her husband robbed the shop and killed 72-year-old Peter Makris. She could be sentenced to up to five years for her role in the crimes. Judge Robert N. Dugan agreed to postpone sentencing yesterday until Hoffman testifies against her brother-in-law, Martin Hoffman.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | June 10, 2001
A pizza shop clerk who worked 20 years at Pepe's Pizza shop on Falls Road was convicted yesterday in the stabbing death of the owner in July of last year. A Baltimore County Circuit Court jury convicted Martin Hoffman, 39, of felony murder in the killing of Peter Makris. He also was convicted of robbery and of robbery with a dangerous weapon. The jury returned its verdict shortly before 2 a.m. Makris, 72, died of multiple stab wounds July 3 after confronting his assailant at the restaurant in the 6000 block of Falls Road, according to testimony.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | September 26, 2001
A clerk at Pepe's Pizza who was convicted in June in the slaying of the shop's owner was sentenced yesterday to life without the possibility of parole in Baltimore County Circuit Court. Judge Robert N. Dugan sentenced Martin Hoffman, 40, who was convicted by a jury June 9 of felony murder in the death of Peter Makris. Makris, 72, died of stab wounds July 3 of last year after he confronted someone in the kitchen of the restaurant in the 6000 block of Falls Road, according to testimony.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | June 5, 2001
Police investigating the murder of Peter Makris at his Falls Road pizza shop found what they consider incriminating evidence in a bedroom above the restaurant hours after the killing last July, a Baltimore County jury was told yesterday. In a room used by Martin L. Hoffman, police found $1,700 cash in envelopes, two stacks of single dollar bills and a "wad" of $2,000 in twenties -- wrapped in the same type of rubber bands Makris used for the restaurant's cash, said Assistant State's Attorney James O. Gentry.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | March 8, 2001
A Baltimore County circuit judge ruled yesterday that statements a suspect made to a police detective and a jailhouse informant can be used when he is tried in the killing of a 72-year-old pizza shop owner. Judge Robert N. Dugan said after a hearing yesterday that Martin L. Hoffman Jr. was advised of his rights before he talked to police in a series of interviews that led to his arrest July 4. "The court does not find any coercion or any improper police action in interviewing this defendant," Dugan said.
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By Nancy A. Youssef and Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF | July 6, 2000
For 20 years, Pepe's Pizza owner Peter Makris treated Martin L. Hoffman Jr., the manager of the business, like a son. He let Hoffman live above the shop rent free and lent him money whenever he needed it. Last month, family members said, he helped pay for Hoffman's father's funeral. Yesterday, Baltimore County police charged Hoffman, his brother and his brother's wife in the fatal stabbing of Makris. Makris' body was found Monday morning inside the business. Police were called to the scene by Hoffman, who told dispatchers that Makris, 72, appeared to have suffered a heart attack.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | March 9, 2001
In Baltimore County Judge upholds fine for company that sold aloe vera treatment TOWSON - A Baltimore County Circuit Court judge has affirmed an administrative decision to impose a $3.7 million fine on a Baltimore County company that sold an untested aloe vera treatment to critically ill people. Lawyers for Allen J. Hoffman, president of T-Up Inc., and his financing partner, Neal Deoul, argued that they were denied a fair hearing after the state Consumer Affairs Division issued the fine and ordered them to close May 5. But Judge J. William Hinkel ruled this week that there was substantial evidence to support the agency's decision.
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