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Boonsboro man pleads guilty in ATM armed robbery case

December 07, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

A Boonsboro man pleaded guilty Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to armed robbery in connection with an August incident at a bank ATM.

Kelvin Jay Wade II, 26, hit a teenager over the head with a metal pipe and robbed him at the ATM, court records show.

Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. sentenced Wade to 15 years in prison with all but eight years suspended, with credit for time already served in jail. Wade must serve four years of supervised probation upon his release and be evaluated for substance abuse, Long ordered.

Wade's attorney, Assistant Public Defender Loren Villa, said he was high on crack cocaine and heroin at the time of the attack. Wade self-medicated to deal with past physical abuse by his father and other traumatic events, she said.

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Wade turned to the victim to apologize and said he felt "so bad putting you through this."

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