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Hampstead man convicted of attempted robbery, gets 10 years

Hampstead man convicted of attempted robbery, gets 10 years
Terry Gene Gerard was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday after being convicted of attempted robbery. (HANDOUT)

A Hampstead man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday after being convicted of attempted robbery.

Terry Gene Gerard, 40, pleaded not guilty but agreed not to challenge the state's version of the facts.

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Judge Thomas F. Stansfield said he would consider modifying Gerard's sentence to allow him to enter drug treatment after he serves four years of the sentence.

Gerard was arrested in September after he entered the Subway restaurant on Jermor Lane in Westminster and demanded money and threatened an employee, according to the statement of facts Circuit Court Chief Attorney Allan Culver read into the record.

The employee went to the back of the store and told other employees what had happened, and Gerard left the Subway without speaking to anyone else, according to Culver.

Culver said the bulk of Gerard's criminal record is theft-related and that he was a participant in the county's drug treatment court program.

"Hopefully, from Mr. Gerard's perspective, this is rock bottom for him," Culver said.

Gerard told Stansfield he learned a lot in drug court about honesty and tools for fighting his addiction. He also apologized for his actions.

Gerard's mother also spoke and said she knew Gerard is smart with a good heart.

"I know he totally regrets any mistakes he has made," she said.

Stansfield said that in light of Gerard's record, he felt he had no choice but to sentence him to 10 years in prison.

Reach staff writer Heather Cobun at 410-857-7898 or email heather.cobun@carrollcountytimes.com.

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