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Man sentenced to 12 years for armed robbery near Columbia mall

Accomplice to be sentenced on May 28

By Luke Lavoie

4:14 PM EST, February 27, 2013

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A Randallstown man was sentenced to 12 years in prison in Howard County Circuit Court on Wednesday morning in connection with a late-night armed robbery in a parking lot near the Mall in Columbia, according to State's attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan.

Pierre Antawn Booth, 29, of the 9500 block of Oak Trace Way, was sentenced to six years for armed robbery and six years for the use of a handgun in a violent crime after pleading guilty to both charges, Kirwan said.

Booth will serve the sentences consecutively, and was ordered by Judge William V. Tucker to be placed on three years' probation upon his release.

On Sept. 6, 2012, a Howard County Police team was conducting surveillance of a parking lot by Union Jack's restaurant when it spotted Booth and an accomplice walking around, police said.

The surveillance team observed the two men approach a restaurant patron walking to his car, police said. While they approached, one of the men, later identified as Booth, dropped a handgun on the ground, picked it up, and kept moving toward the victim, police said. 

Booth then shoved the gun into the victim's stomach and head while he and the accomplice rifled through the victim's pockets, police said. The pair stole car keys, a pack of cigarettes, $75 cash and a cell phone. 

As patrol officers called in by the surveillance team approached, the two men  moved away from the victim and attempted to elude officers by hiding between cars, Kirwan said.

Police arrested both men and recovered a fully loaded 40-caliber Hi-Point semiautomatic handgun, according to Kirwan. 

The accomplice, Odell Kareem Copeland, 32, of the 5200 block of Eliots Oak Road in Columbia, pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery on Feb. 22. 

Copeland's sentencing is scheduled for May 28.

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