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'Escape' leads to uncommon sentence

February 16, 2001

'Escape' leads to uncommon sentence

By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer

The unusual circumstances of a former Maryland Correctional Training Center inmate's "escape" nearly two years ago led to an uncommon sentence Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Raymond Eric Dodd was sentenced to a three-year concurrent sentence after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of arrestee leaving lawful custody.

After hearing the circumstances of Dodd's case, Circuit Judge Frederick Wright agreed to amend the original felony escape charge to the less serious offense.

Escape carries a possible 10-year sentence which must be served consecutively by law.

Dodd, 25, of Landover, Md., was serving an 18-year sentence for armed robbery in July 1999 when he seized an opportunity for a taste of freedom.


Hanging out with a group of work-release inmates on July 12, 1999, Dodd went along with them to the van when the driver ordered the inmates to get on board, a prosecutor said.

"He just got out of the van and walked," said Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Arthur Rozes.

Dodd's employment in a janitorial job regularly included outdoor tasks such as window washing and litter pickup that allowed him to roam the area around the prison's Housing Unit No. 4 without constant monitoring, officials said at the time of Dodd's escape.

Defense attorney Carl Creeden said Dodd sat on the curb outside the medium-security prison for about 2 1/2 hours trying to decide what to do.

"He got a ride to Baltimore with a van driver who brings families up to MCTC for visits," Creeden said.

Dodd was recaptured on Oct. 7, 1999, at his Washington, D.C., home. After a stint at the Maryland Correctional Adjustment Center, he was transferred to the Patuxent Institution.

"He lost 900 good days because of this," Creeden said.

After Dodd finishes serving his Maryland sentence, he will be returned to Washington, D.C., where he has a 15-year to life sentence for murder to serve.

Dodd was 17 when he was convicted of felony murder in the death of Abdur-Rahim Muhammad in a northeast Washington, D.C., residence.

Muhammad was shot in the head and neck Sept. 24, 1992, court records showed.

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