A Glen Burnie man was sentenced Tuesday morning to six months in-home detention in a case in which he allegedly used a knife to steal two gold necklaces from a party-goer last September.
Tyrone Boise Watson, 35, who now lives in the 3300 block of Buffalo Road in New Windsor, was charged with armed robbery, robbery, two-counts of second-degree assault, theft of $1,000 to under $10,000 and malicious destruction of property.
Watson pleaded not guilty, but agreed not to challenge the statement of the facts, before Carroll County District Court Judge J. Barry Hughes Tuesday morning, waiving a scheduled jury trial. Hughes found Watson guilty of second-degree assault and sentenced him to five years with all but six months suspended.
According to Assistant State's Attorney Ted Eyler, the deal was reached after the victim in the crime failed to cooperate with his office.
"The victim wouldn't cooperate with us and made it difficult for us to go forward any further than we did," Eyler said following the trial.
According to a statement of facts read by Eyler, the victim said Watson approached him with a knife during a party at the Schisler farm in Marston demanding his two gold necklaces. Eyler said the victim pushed the knife away, cutting his fingers and knuckles.
One necklace fell to the ground, where it was found by police, Eyler said, and the other was found hanging out of Watson's rectum after he was taken into custody.
Watson was released on $250,000 bail at the Carroll County Detention Center following the arrest.
Watson told police the victim was selling drugs, showing money and "acting like big shot," Eyler said during the trial.
Hughes found enough evidence based on a statement of the facts to proceed with the plea.
According to Watson, he was serving as a quasi-bouncer at the party. He said the victim sexually assaulted his friend during the party and he went to ask the victim to leave.
The victim refused to leave the party and the pair got into a "tussle," Watson said after apologizing to the judge and the victim, who was not present.
"He tried to do good, but ended up looking badly," said Samuel S. Nalli, Watson's defense attorney.
Watson, a widower, lost his wife and one of his children in a motor vehicle accident one month before the incident, according to Nalli during the hearing. He has two other sons.
According to Eyler, Watson is a "major offender" with a misdemeanor theft conviction in 2000, three prior felony drug convictions, a drug distribution conviction in 2005 and misdemeanors in 2007 and 2009 including disorderly conduct and ex parte.
"A lot of times we see people who intend to be the opposite of what they turn out to be," Hughes said. "You have a major criminal record hanging around your neck."
Hughes said it would be "devastating" for Watson's children to lose their father for a significant amount of time.
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Hughes ruled for the six months to be served on in-home detention beginning May 27. He also placed Watson on two years probation and required a substance abuse evaluation and anger management evaluation.