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Prisoner sentenced for holdups Robberies occurred after he escaped


A 21-year-old Severn man, who committed more than half a dozen armed robberies after he escaped from a security van last fall, was sentenced to 50 years in prison yesterday for those holdups and others.

Anthony Freeland, 21, of the 1700 block of Richfield Drive, was sentenced by Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. for 13 armed robberies between 1989 and late 1991 in Anne Arundel, Prince George's and Howard counties.

Freeland escaped from a Wackenhut Security van as he was being taken to District Court in Annapolis for a bond hearing Sept. 3, 1991.

He was convicted in seven armed robberies and one attempted armed robbery that occurred between Sept. 30, 1991, and Nov. 10, 1991, the day he was captured.

State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee said he would have preferred a longer sentence, but that he was satisfied with the result.

"It certainly will keep him out of circulation for a long, long time," he said.

Assistant State's Attorney Fred Paone said seven of the armed robberies occurred in Jessup and Glen Burnie.

Freeland is currently serving a 10-year sentence for armed robbery at the Graterford State Prison in Philadelphia for a 1988 holdup in which an accomplice was killed, Mr. Paone said.

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