A Baltimore man convicted of being an accessory after the fact to the murder of a man in Pasadena during a drug deal that went awry last fall has been released on probation and given credit for time already served in jail.
Charles Edward Pannell, 46, of the 1800 block of N. Durham St., was sentenced to three years in prison for the crime. But Anne Arundel Circuit Court Judge Bruce C. Williams gave him credit for the nine months he has been in jail since his capture and suspended the remaining time.
The judge said he was putting Pannell on probation and recommending that he seek drug and alcohol counseling.
Pannell had been held in the county Detention Center since November when he was arrested and charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Michael Junior Chisholm, 36, of the 3500 block of Woodland Ave. in Baltimore.
On June 30, Pannell pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the crime.
He said the murder occurred when he, Mr. Chisholm and another man, Lawrence S. Banks, 38, were driving to Anne Arundel county to buy drugs. Pannell said Mr. Banks asked him to stop the car on Alpine Beach Road in Pasadena. When Mr. Banks and Mr. Chisholm got out, Mr. Banks shot Mr. Chisholm, and told Pannell to drive back to Baltimore.
"I feared for my life, too," Pannell said Friday at his sentencing.
Judge Williams said he didn't doubt that Pannell was afraid, but said that he was convicted because he had driven the car and had not reported the crime to police.
Pannell said he was anxious to get back to Baltimore, where he lives with his mother and has a seasonal job with the city.
Mr. Banks is in jail in Baltimore County awaiting trial for killing his 17-year-old son.