A Baltimore County man arrested in connection with six armed robberies throughout Carroll County was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison Wednesday.
David Joseph Beene, 26, of Owings Mills, pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery and one count of attempted armed robbery Wednesday in Carroll County Circuit Court. Judge Fred Hecker sentenced Beene to 20 years in Carroll County Detention Center for each count to be served consecutively, then suspended 10 years of each count. Beene must also serve five years probation once he is released.
According to a statement of charges read by prosecutor Jason League, Beene entered Esquire Liquors in Union Bridge with a knife, threatened the owner, and demanded money and cigarettes. He took $800 to $900 and two cartons of cigarettes. Beene also attempted to rob a 7-Eleven in New Windsor with a kitchen knife but was unsuccessful.
In both cases, Beene fled in a vehicle driven by Ann Marie Knights, 21, of the unit block of Middle Street in Taneytown.
Beene addressed the court saying the crimes were the result of a heroin addiction he was trying to maintain.
"From the bottom of my heart, I am sorry for everyone I hurt," Beene said. "I pray that everyone can find it in the bottom of their heart to forgive me."
Beene was initially charged in July with 21 counts, including armed robbery and attempted armed robbery. The state entered a verdict of nolle prosequi for the other 19 counts after Beene agreed to a guilty plea. Nolle prosequi means that the prosecution will not pursue the other charges.
Beene was arrested in July in connection with a string of armed and attempted armed robberies at the 7-Eleven, Esquire Liquors, and a Shell gas station and a Jiffy Mart in Finksburg. He allegedly used a kitchen knife to demand money and cigarettes at the different stores before fleeing in a getaway car driven by Knights.
Knights plead guilty to one count of armed robbery and one count of attempted robbery on Tuesday. Her sentencing was postponed until Sept. 6, when prosecutors will seek a sentence of 12 years, according to a news release from the Carroll County State Attorney's Office.