Ne­wark man gets two years in Mary­land rob­bery

Newark Post - - LOCAL NEWS - By CARL HAMIL­TON ca­hamil­ton@ches­

A Ne­wark man re­ceived a two-year jail term on Tues­day for help­ing rob a pizza de­liv­ery worker near North East, Md., early last year.

Ce­cil County Cir­cuit Cour t Judge Brenda A. Sex­ton im­posed a 10-year sen­tence on the de­fen­dant, Steven An­thony Tay­lor, 39, and then sus­pended eight years of it. The judge gave Tay­lor — prose­cu­tors iden­ti­fied him as the get­away driver — credit for ap­prox­i­mately six months that he had served in jail af­ter his ar­rest.

In De­cem­ber, as part of a plea agree­ment, Tay­lor pleaded guilty to con­spir­acy to com­mit rob­bery and, in ex­change, prose­cu­tors dropped eight re­lated charges, in­clud­ing armed rob­bery and theft.

Sex­ton or­dered Tay­lor to serve three years of su­per­vised pro­ba­tion af­ter com­plet­ing his two-year term, which he will serve in the Ce­cil County De­ten­tion Cen­ter.

Tay­lor’s de­fense lawyer, Paul Mar­shall Long Jr., of Centreville, Md., told the judge that his client was a “dis­tin­guished honor roll stu­dent” in high school and that, af­ter grad­u­at­ing, he worked in the “bank­ing busi­ness.”

Speak­ing on Tay­lor’s be­half, his mother told Sex­ton that her son got hooked on pain med­i­ca­tion af­ter a doc­tor had pre­scribed it to him to treat an in­jury. Not­ing that she is a nurse, his mother com­mented, “I did not think it (the painkiller pre­scrip­tion) was a good idea.”

“He’s a great guy. He’s very in­tel­li­gent,” his mother told the judge, sur­mis­ing that her son’s ad­dic­tion and the com­pany he kept led him to com­mit the crime. “Look at him for who he is and how he was raised.”

Sex­ton re­sponded from the bench, “I think his mother speaks the truth.”

Tay­lor’s two co-de­fen­dants — Brandy Ranay Cameron, 28, of Elk­ton, Md.; and Keith Ja­son Dougherty, 40, of Pennsville, N.J. — also pleaded guilty to con­spir­acy to com­mit rob­bery as part of plea bar­gains in ear­lier pro­ceed­ings, and they have been sen­tenced.

The trio called a North East-area pizze­ria about 9 p.m. on Jan. 26, 2017, or­dered chicken wings, bread­sticks and pizza and asked that the food be de­liv­ered to a spe­cific ad­dress a short dis­tance from that es­tab­lish­ment, prose­cu­tors re­ported. When the de­liv­ery worker ar­rived at the des­ig­nated place and got out of his ve­hi­cle, the culprits ap­proached him, prose­cu­tors said. While Cameron bran­dished what ap­peared to be hand­gun — in­ves­ti­ga­tors later de­ter­mined that it was a flash­light — they robbed the worker of $40, prose­cu­tors added.

The rob­bers ran away but, mo­ments later, a Ply­mouth Neon caught the at­ten­tion of the worker as it drove by him slowly, ac­cord­ing to prose­cu­tors. The em­ployee recorded the li­cense plate num­ber and re­layed that in­for­ma­tion to Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice in­ves­ti­ga­tors when he re­ported the rob­bery, prose­cu­tors re­ported.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion later led to the ar­rests of the three sus­pects.


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