Court upholds stabbing sentence
By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer
The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has upheld Anthony Bruce's 25-year prison sentence for the attempted second-degree murder of his Roxbury Correctional Institution cellmate in June 1998.
In its opinion filed Friday, the state's second highest court disagreed with Bruce's contention that inaccuracies in the first count of the grand jury's indictment should have prevented the jury from deliberating.
The jury acquitted Bruce of that attempted first-degree murder count.
While acknowledging the inaccuracy, the higher court chalked it up to a typing error and disagreed that the omission was a reversible error.
Bruce also argued that Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Joe Michael made several references during closing arguments concerning the defendant's failure to testify.