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Hagerstown man charged with robbing Brothers Pizza Express enters Alford plea

July 18, 2013|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
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A Hagerstown man charged with robbing the Brothers Pizza Express on Dual Highway at gunpoint in March could face 10 years in state prison after entering an Alford plea Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Timothy Blaine Ennis, 30, of 2052 Day Road entered the plea to charges of armed robbery and use of a firearm in a crime of violence before Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr.

Although not an admission of guilt, an Alford plea is an acknowledgment by a defendant that the prosecution has sufficient evidence to gain a conviction.

Assistant Public Defender Carl Creeden said Ennis was not denying involvement, but has issues with his memory.

Robbery, reckless endangerment and other weapons charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

The prosecution is recommending 10 years on the armed robbery charge, with a concurrent sentence on the firearms charge, which has a mandatory minimum sentence of five years, Creeden told Long.

Creeden, who would be free to argue for a lesser sentence, requested a presentence investigation, which Long denied. However, the judge did defer sentencing until Aug. 12.

At about 3:40 p.m. on March 12, Hagerstown police were called to Brothers Pizza Express for an armed robbery, Assistant State’s Attorney Brett Wilson said, reading from the statement of facts.

An employee at the restaurant told police a man walked in, placed a handgun on the counter and demanded cash, Wilson said.

“I’ll ... kill you if you don’t give me the money,” the man told the victim, Wilson said.

The man then fled in a car with $316, he said.

Later in the day, Ennis’ father reported that his vehicle and handgun had been stolen, Wilson said. The father also believed that his son might have been involved in the pizzera holdup, he said.

Ennis was apprehended at his father’s Day Road home on March 14, Wilson said.

During the plea hearing, Long asked Ennis if he had ever been under the care of a psychiatrist or psychologist.

Ennis said he had once been under treatment for “acting stupid and drugs,” but could not recall if he had been diagnosed with any specific mental illness.

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