A 24-year-old Annapolis man was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison for using a concrete block to smash a female cab driver in the face last July.

Arthur Lee Brown, of the 100 block Obery Court, received a 15-year sentence yesterday, but Circuit Judge H. Chester Goudy Jr. suspended five years. Brown, who pleaded guilty to assault with intent to murder in January, will be placed on five years' supervised probation upon his release from prison.

The sentence was the maximum allowed under the plea agreement between Brown and prosecutors.

The victim, Dana McKean, 21, of Annapolis, spent four days in the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore after the July 21 attack.

Brown called an Annapolis cab company about 5 that morning and asked for a female cabdriver to take his children to the Newtowne 20 housing development, according to a statement read by a prosecutor when Brown pleaded guilty.

When the cabbie arrived at an Annapolis hotel, Brown told her the children would be remaining at the hotel and got into the taxi, Assistant State's Attorney Nancy Harford told the court.

At one point during the ride, Brown exposed himself to the cab driver, Harford said.

Brown eventually directed the cabbie to a Hechinger store near Route 2 and Forest Drive, but refused to pay his fare.

Feeling threatened, the cab driver ran into the woods, but Brown caught up toher, threw her against a tree and repeatedly hit her in the face with a concrete block, Harford said.

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