Teen enters Alford plea to assault in convenience store robbery

Judge suspends 10-year sentence for Eric Shaquille Baymon but gives him three-year probation

August 30, 2011|By DON AINES |

A Washington County Circuit Court judge Tuesday suspended the sentence of a Hagerstown teenager after he entered an Alford plea to second-degree assault in the robbery of a convenience store.

Judge John H. McDowell suspended a 10-year sentence for Eric Shaquille Baymon, 18, of 411 S. Potomac St., but gave him three years of probation, according to court records.

Baymon had been charged with armed robbery, robbery, assault, reckless endangerment and firearms violations in the Feb. 20 robbery of Nadia's Convenience Store at the corner of North Prospect and West Franklin streets in Hagerstown.

In an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit guilt, but acknowledges prosecutors have sufficient evidence to gain a conviction.

Baymon, who was a member of the Greencastle-Antrim (Pa.) basketball team at the time of the robbery, was three days short of his 18th birthday when the incident occurred. His attorney's motion to have his case transferred to juvenile court was denied in June.

However, a judge granted a request for transfer to juvenile court to another teenager charged in the holdup, Dennis Steven Marshall Jr., 16, of 228 Taylor Ave. In July, a judge found there was insufficient evidence to show Marshall was involved in the robbery.

A Hagerstown police officer was on patrol just before 11 p.m. on Feb. 20 when he saw two males acting supiciously outside the store, according to the statement of probable cause. As the officer pulled into the parking lot, he saw one of the males point a handgun at the head of the store owner, the charging documents said.

The two males ran off, and police subsequently detained two teenagers fitting the descriptions of the robbers on Walnut Street, the documents said.

A dog was used to track the robbers' route, and officers recovered a handgun and a sawed-off shotgun, both of which were found to be stolen, as well as discarded clothing, the documents said.

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