Gunman in Armed Robbery of Columbia Cab Driver to Serve Five Years

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A Columbia, Maryland, man who appears to have participated in an armed robbery of a taxi driver last spring was sentenced to five years in prison.*

The man in question is just 20 years old. He was the last of four Columbia young men, each of them teenagers at the time of the incident, who participated in the crime to be sentenced. All of them have pleaded guilty.

Judge Richard S. Bernhardt of the Howard County Circuit Court sentenced the man after the accused submitted a guilty plea for armed robbery and conspiracy charges relating to the actual event. It appears that the man in question got into the cab on March 1st at Sweet Fern, heading to Sewells Orchard. As they drove, one teen began to choke the driver. The passenger in the front seat then said, “I’m going to kill you.”

The driver accelerated and rammed a tree. The airbags deployed and the driver ran away during the distraction.
Police arrived and found a yellow karate belt and a black BB gun. They used cell phone data to link the teens to the crime.

The other teens’ sentences ranged from 18 months in jail to a suspended sentence with five years’ probation. Additionally, the young men must repay the cab driver $4,187.02 in restitution.

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*http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/columbia/ph-ho-cf-taxi-attempted-murder-20140210,0,1876139.story#ixzz2th0QI5gq

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