Elkton man gets 15 years for same-day robberies
— A man who robbed two people at gunpoint within 20 minutes of each other — one near
North East, the other near Elkton — received a 15year prison term Friday.
Cecil County Circuit Court Judge Brenda A. Sexton imposed a 15-year sentence on Elkton resident Lorenzo Mishaad Jones, 26, for an armed robbery conviction stemming from an incident in Lakeside Mobile Home Park near North East on Aug. 3, 2015.
Jones robbed a man, a stranger to him, on the street of that neighborhood after brandishing a handgun and striking him in the head with it.
In February, after a threeday trial, a jury found Jones guilty of armed robbery, robbery, first-degree assault and second-degree assault. The robbery conviction merged into armed robbery conviction, and the second-degree assault conviction merged into the first-degree assault conviction.
As part of Friday’s sentence, the judge ordered Jones to serve five years of supervised probation after completing his 15-year term, which he will serve in a Maryland Department of Corrections prison.
Sexton also imposed a suspended five-year sentence on Jones, making it consecutive to the 15year penalty, for a seconddegree assault conviction stemming from the second incident. It also occurred on Aug. 3, 2015, about 20 minutes after the armed robbery near North East.
In that incident, Jones approached a woman, also a stranger to him, in the area of Landing Lane near Elkton, brandished a handgun and robbed her.
Within a week after the jury had convicted him in the Lakeside Mobile Home Park incident, Jones pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in the Elkton incident. Prosecutors, in exchange, dropped related charges.
Cecil County Sheriff’s Office investigators were able to identify Jones as the suspect and capture him shortly after the two incidents occurred, prosecutors reported.
Both victims were able to describe Jones’ physical features, which included “distinctive dreadlocks,” and they were able describe the vehicle in which Jones sped away, prosecutors said. Moreover, prosecutors added, eyewitnesses were able to report the license plate on that vehicle to detectives.
During Friday’s hearing, Assistant State’s Attorney Amanda Bessicks sought 15 years of incarceration for Jones, specifically recommending a 20-year sentence with five years suspended. Bessicks had prosecuted Jones during the jury trial and negotiated the plea agreement in his other criminal case.
“These were random crimes. The victims didn’t know him,” Bessicks told the judge. “A message needs to be sent that random acts against citizens will not be tolerated.”
Jones’ lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Thomas Klenk, told the judge that he believed seven and a half years would be a suitable period of incarceration for his client. Klenk had recommended a 15-year sentence with half suspended and noted that inmates with such convictions typically serve about 80 percent of their terms.
“He is very bright. He is rehabilitatable,” Klenk said of Jones.
Police confiscated baggies of heroin and other evidence during a traffic stop near North East.