Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Guilty Pleas in Bolton Hill Robbery

A Press Release from the SAO:
At a hearing today, Jerome Hicks, 39, of the 4100 block of Granite Ave. pled guilty to three counts of robbery with a deadly weapon. On Friday, October 10, Clarence Hill, 39, of the 1000 block of Homewood Ave., pled guilty to two counts of robbery. On July 25, 2007, the two men robbed a grocery store in the Bolton Hill neighborhood.

Judge John N. Prevas sentenced Hill to 40 years in prison suspend all but 25 years and five years probation. Judge Prevas sentenced Hicks to 15 years in prison.
Both men plead to the following summary of facts: On July 25, 2007 at 1:30PM two Baltimore police officers patrolling and conducting business checks in the 1100 block of Park Ave. entered the Bolton Hill Grocery store. They immediately saw three persons standing with their hands in the air and Clarence Hill with a gray shirt over his head. Hill noticed the police officers and tried to alert Hicks to their presence. Hill walked toward the officers as they stood near the door and was apprehended after a short struggle. During this struggle, Hicks ran out of the store with officers in pursuit on foot. Police caught Hicks four blocks away and both men were placed under arrest. Upon arrest, police recovered on Hicks’ person property from the robbery; including a wallet, cell phone, ring and currency.
Police recovered from inside the store a replica German Luger handgun from a shopping cart inside the store. An investigation revealed that Hicks entered store, displayed a black handgun later determined to be the replica Luger, and forced victims to lie down and empty their pockets.
Hill pointed a gun at a store employee and ordered that the store cash register and lottery machine be emptied.
Hicks later confessed to police his participation in the armed robbery.

Assistant State’s Attorney Kelly Madigan of the General Trial Division prosecuted this case.



yojimbot said...

Seems a little harsh. The gun wasnt real, right? If so, where's the deadly weapon?

Stephen said...

@yojimbot: A replica handgun can still be a functional firearm.

ppatin said...

Another remorseless, piece of shit gang member gets a pathetically weak sentence for a shooting that left a man paralyzed and another in a coma for six weeks.

I've said this before and I'll say it again, hoodlums like this should be executed, not jailed. This piece of human garbage will clearly never be a productive, law-abiding member of society, and it's silly to waste money incarcerating him when we could just take him out back and put a bullet in the back of his head like they do in China. The only consolation is that at least one of his victims appeared to also be a piece of shit.

Sean said...

And actually, you can be convicted of robbery with a deadly weapon for even showing someone a note claiming that you have a weapon during a robbery.