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New Windsor man pleads guilty in Esquire Liquors robbery

Luke Michael Etzler
Luke Michael Etzler (HANDOUT)

A New Windsor man has pleaded guilty to his role in a July 7 robbery of Esquire Liquors in Union Bridge.

Luke Michael Etzler, 23, of the 1800 block of Hoke Road, pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery Tuesday before Judge Thomas Stansfield. As part of the plea agreement, the state, represented by Chief Deputy State's Attorney Jason League, entered the remaining six charges as nolle prosequi, or abandoned by the state.

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Etzler was arrested in July along with Brian Tarman, 34, of the 400 block of South Hills Court in Westminster, in connection with the robbery. Tarman is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 6 for a three-day trial for his alleged role in the robbery.

The Carroll County Sheriff's Office has arrested two men in connection with the armed robbery of Esquire Liquors in Union Bridge.

Etzler, allegedly with Tarman, planned a robbery in which one of them went into the liquor store, pulled a handgun and demanded cash while the other waited in a pickup truck, according to previous Times reporting.

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Lee McNulty, Etzler's attorney, asked Stansfield to allow his client to go to Hagerstown's Wells House in custody to get treatment for substance abuse. McNulty told Stansfield that his client had been trying to get into the program at the Carroll County Detention Center but he was unable to get a spot.

Stansfield denied the request.

Etzler is scheduled to appear in court again on Feb. 13 for sentencing.

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