Newark man gets two years in Maryland robbery
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.