Hold-up draws jail sen­tence of 50 years

At­tempted mur­der at ATM charged

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By JOHN WHAR­TON jwhar­ton@somd­news.com

A Wash­ing­ton, D.C., man was sen­tenced Mon­day in a St. Mary’s court­room to 50 years in prison, ac­cord­ing to a prose­cu­tor, on guilty pleas to at­tempted sec­ond-de­gree mur­der and a hand­gun of­fense from a holdup last fall out­side a bank.

Charles Nathaniel Thomas Jr., 40, was one of two men ar­rested af­ter the con­fronta­tion last Novem­ber out­side the Cedar Point Fed­eral Credit Union branch in Char­lotte Hall, where

court pa­pers state that two masked cul­prits de­manded money at gun­point from a man us­ing an ATM.

In June, a judge sen­tenced David Terry Luck­ett, 36, also of Wash­ing­ton, D.C., to 20 years in prison on his guilty plea to armed rob­bery.

St. Mary’s State’s At­tor­ney Richard Fritz (R) ob­tained the at­tempted mur­der charge against Thomas, who was on Mon­day’s docket be­fore Cir­cuit Court Judge Karen H. Abrams.

“Thomas had the gun, ran af­ter the [ATM cus­tomer] and shot at him,” Fritz later said out­side the county court­house. “The bul­let went through the guy’s hair and hit the wall in front of him.”

St. Mary’s sher­iff’s de­tec­tives filed court pa­pers stat­ing that “due to dif­fi­cul­ties with the ATM, no cur­rency was dis­pensed,” but the cul­prits went through the cus­tomer’s ve­hi­cle and took his cell­phone and wal­let. As the con­fronta­tion con­tin­ued, the ATM cus­tomer “be­came fright­ened when the sus­pects gave him 10 sec­onds to get money from the ATM, and [he] fled on foot toward a con­ve­nience store,” sher­iff’s Cpl. David Alexan­der wrote in the charg­ing doc­u­ment, be­fore the shot from a ri­fle was fired, nar­rowly missed the vic­tim and struck the bank build­ing.

The St. Mary’s in­ves­ti­ga­tor and a Charles County sher­iff’s de­tec­tive de­ter­mined that the two cul­prits be­gan us­ing the ATM cus­tomer’s phone af­ter the holdup, court pa­pers state, and Luck­ett and Thomas were ar­rested fol­low­ing a raid at an apart­ment in Wash­ing­ton where the phone was be­ing used.

Thomas and Luck­ett face tri­als later next month in Charles County, on­line court records state, on charges in­clud­ing armed car­jack­ing, and an ad­di­tional rob­bery of­fense, from last Novem­ber in that county.

Fritz said Tues­day that Thomas was re­leased from prison about six months be­fore the in­ci­dent in Char­lotte Hall, and that at this week’s plea hear­ing, “he told the court, ‘I can’t make it on the street.’” Twit­ter: @JohnEn­tNews

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