day, Judge M. Brooke Murdock, a retired jurist from Baltimore, followed through on the deal she had announced at the earlier court proceeding, by imposing an 18-month jail sentence, suspended to the home detention and two years of probation, plus a $500 fine.
St. Mary’s Assistant State’s Attorney Daniel White, who earlier challenged the constitutional validity of the agreement declared by the judge without hearing from the victims, focused this week on victim-impact notes from the three young people in the case, including one who the prosecutor said experienced a “panic attack,” followed by continuing anxiety, and another whose mother wanted Greenwell to receive the same penalty her son likely would have received for that conduct.
“Her son is not a former police officer,” White said.
At the earlier court hearing, the prosecutor said that the two teenage boys and a young woman in a car on the night of Aug. 2, 2017, outside the Rod N Reel near Dameron were told by Greenwell to leave for being “rambunctious,” and when they returned, Greenwell pointed his gun in the car at them, prompting them to leave in fear of getting shot.
One of the teenagers called a police detective the next morning and said their assailant had identified himself as “Officer Greenwell,” according to the agency’s incident report, noting that a review of surveillance video showed Greenwell holding something against his hip during the first encounter, and when the trio returned to buy gasoline, Greenwell approaching their vehicle with a pistol, and putting his arms and the gun through its window.
The teenager who called police said that Greenwell “leaned into the car while yelling at him,” the report states, “and placed the gun on the [teenager]’s shoulder, facing the barrel of the gun at [his] head.”
Grand jurors indicted Greenwell last year on charges including three counts of first-degree assault.
On Monday, Ryan Posey, Greenwell’s lawyer, asked that his client be allowed to work, by building and repairing boats at his property, but the judge declined to grant that request.
“I was going to send this person to jail,” Murdock said. “Home detention means you sit at home and think about what you’ve done.”
Greenwell said in court that his actions were “out of character for me,” and he mentioned employment opportunities he has outside of the United States.
“You’ll have to wait two years. You can’t go out of the state of Maryland while you’re on probation,” the judge said, also ordering that during that time period, “he’s to have no guns, and no contact” with the people in the car.