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West Towson shooter sentenced to life without parole

The man convicted of shooting a West Towson resident in the back of the neck during a botched late-night robbery in February was sentenced on Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Robert Cahill Jr. sentenced Bradford Steven Holup, 50, of the 4000 block of Corse Avenue in Baltimore, on Nov. 20.

Holup had pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder on Oct. 31.

Resident George Stover came home to the 500 block of Allegheny Avenue in West Towson at about 11:30 p.m. on the night of Feb. 26 to find Holup in his home wearing camouflage clothing, gloves and a black ski mask, according to an account from State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger's office.

According to accounts, Holup fired a warning shot, stole pieces of property from the home, then directed Stover down the stairs into the basement before delivering a non-fatal gunshot wound to Stover's neck.

Holup attempted to steal Stover's red Cadillac, but was unable. He was arrested with Stover's belongings several blocks away.

According to a statement by the State's Attorney's office, Holup had been sentenced to 15 years in prison for second-degree rape in 1983, and was also convicted of assault with intent to kill in Baltimore City in 1990.

In 1996, Holup was sentenced to 25 years without parole for an armed robbery in Baltimore County, and was released on Sept. 29, 2010.

Because Holup's guilty plea represented his fourth violent crime, Cahill issued the mandatory sentence of life in prison.

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