Elkton-area man gets 15 years for attempted murder
— A man received a 15-year prison term on Monday for trying to kill his girlfriend when he stabbed her numerous times in the face and neck at her Elkton-area residence in 2014.
Retired Cecil County Circuit Court Judge V. Michael Whelan imposed a maximum 30-year sentence on the defendant, Timothy Roland Webster Jr., 30, and then suspended half of it.
Webster, whose last address is listed in court records as the 600 block of Abbott Drive near Elkton, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree murder in March, as part of a plea deal in which prosecutors dropped the most serious charge, attempted first-degree murder, and four other counts.
Whelan ordered Webster to serve five years of super vised probation after completing his 15-year term, which he will serve in a Maryland Department of Corrections prison. Webster must serve seven and a half years of his sentence before he would be eligible for his first parole board hearing.
Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Burnell had recommended a 30-year sentence for Webster.
His assistant public defender, John Buck, had requested a penalty within state sentencing guidelines, which set a range of eight to 15 years of active incarcera- tion for Webster. State sentencing guidelines are based on a defendant’s criminal record and other factors.
Webster stabbed his 55-year-old girlfriend several times around 5 a.m. on May 11, 2014, at her residence in the 100 block of Arbutus Road, off Oldfield Point Road southwest of Elkton, during an argument, prosecutors reported.
The wounded woman was able to reach a neighbor, who called 911, as Webster fled in a pickup truck, prosecutors said. An ambulance transported the woman to Christiana Hospital in Delaware, where she arrived in critical condition, prosecutors added. The victim has since recovered.
Shortly after the incident, Webster spurred a massive manhunt when a Cecil County Sheriff’s Office deputy spotted an eastbound Chevrolet Silverado driven by Webster on Oldfield Point Road, a short distance from where the incident had occurred, and tried to stop it, police reported.
Webster, however, sped away and was able to elude the deputy and other officers who had received the be-on-the-lookout bulletin, after he bailed from the truck and ran into the Hollingsworth Manor neighborhood, according to police.
Webster remained on the lam for two days, before the Maryland State Police Apprehension Team captured him about 9 p.m. on May 13 at a motel in Bear, Del., with the assistance of Delaware authorities, police said.