Man sentenced in robbery case

April 09, 1997


Staff Writer

A Frederick, Md., man was sentenced Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to 12 years in prison for the armed robbery of a man during a drug deal last January in the College Plaza parking lot.

Judge John McDowell suspended six years of the sentence against Damon Poydras, 18, and ordered him to spend four years on probation following his release from prison.

McDowell said that when Poydras is free he will have to attend at least three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week, stay sober, and be subject to drug testing.


Poydras will get credit for 11 months he's spent in the Washington County Detention Center awaiting trial.

Both the defense and prosecution agreed the $200 armed robbery was the result of a drug deal gone sour. They said Poydras had a long juvenile record, and serious drug and alcohol problems.

According to defense attorney Steven Kessell, Poydras was under the influence when the holdup occurred, and saw it as an opportunity to get cash for his own habit.

Prosecutor Susan Lochbaum said while Poydras was in jail awaiting trial last September he was caught with a weapon. Kessell said, however, his client was later was put in "a trusty position" and allowed out on work detail.

Poydras asked the judge for leniency. "I know a life of crime doesn't pay," he said. "I know you've heard it before, but I don't plan on coming back here."

Kessell asked that Poydras be allowed to serve his sentence in the local jail, where he could get drug counseling.

McDowell told Poydras that even though this is his first adult criminal offense, he had extensive experience in the juvenile justice system. "All in all, it looks to me like you're a young man who doesn't like authority, and then regrets the consequences when you're caught," the judge said.

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