Once again, convicted batterer Albert Leon Monroe's effort to get a new hearing on stabbing charges has fallen on deaf ears.
The Maryland Court of Special Appeals last week refused to hear Monroe's appeal of his Nov. 21 Alford plea.
Monroe first stood before Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell Feb. 3 and asked for a new trial, accusing his attorney, Michael Morrissette, of botching his case.
But McDowell, familiar with the circumstances of the brutal June 16 stabbing, sentenced Monroe to nine years in prison, saying an agreed-upon five-year cap was unacceptable.
Monroe, 39, of Hagerstown, told McDowell he wouldn't admit guilt to the charge but that he acknowledged the state had enough evidence to prove its case - the key element of an Alford plea.