An Aberdeen woman and her 18-year-old son were sentenced to concurrent seven-year terms in state prison after pleading guilty to credit-card fraud and to plotting to steal money from customers buying fuel at a Bel Air service station in April, Harford County Circuit Court records show.
Judge Maurice W. Baldwin immediately suspended all but one year for Patricia Lee Madden, 39, of the 400 block of S. Philadelphia Blvd., and suspended all but eight months for her son, Patrick Keith Madden, of the same address, allowing them to serve the sentences at the Harford County Detention Center.
The judge ordered both to pay restitution, although the amount has not yet been determined, said prosecutor Vernon Gentile.
Court records show that between April 12 and 29, the Maddens were working as cashiers at the Bel Air Citgo station in the 100 block of Churchville Road when they double-billed customers for gasoline or repairs.
One victim reported charging $35 in repairs, but when her credit-card statement arrived the next month, it reflected an additional $9 charge the same day.
For each bogus credit slip placed in the register, an equal amount of cash was removed and pocketed by the Maddens, Mr. Gentile said.
Collectively, they stole about $700 in April before the customer -- complaints began coming in, he said.
Court records also show Patricia Madden is awaiting trial on theft charges for allegedly stealing wedding rings worth an estimated $1,200.
According to charging documents, she was a guest at a backyard barbecue at the residence of Roger Brown in the 300 block of Ellsworth Place in Joppa on July 4 when Mr. Brown noticed the rings were missing.
He began visiting Harford pawn shops and found the rings at one in Aberdeen on July 8, charging documents said. Mr. Brown then filed a theft report, and detectives learned from the shop manager that the rings had been pawned July 5, the documents show.
The pawn shop had recorded Patricia Madden's Maryland driver's license number when she pawned the rings for $90, according to police who inspected the shop's records. That led police to her. Mr. Gentile said no hearing date has been set in the rings case.
In other recent Circuit Court matters:
* A Havre de Grace man accused of raping and severely beating a woman he met in a Havre de Grace bar has been indicted by a Harford County grand jury on charges of rape and assault with intent to murder.
In charging documents, police said the woman agreed to walk to Jean Roberts Park at the foot of Otsego Street in Havre de Grace after midnight Aug. 11 with the man but said no when he wanted to have sex.
She said the man became enraged, pummeled her to the ground and choked her, police said. The man repeatedly rammed the woman's head against a rock on the ground and raped her, police said.
James Earnest "Jimmy" Johnson Jr., 40, is being held without bond at the Harford County Detention Center, a jail spokeswoman said.
* A Harford County grand jury has indicted two men accused of critically injuring another man by beating him with a pool cue during an argument at an Edgewood restaurant and bar in August, court records show.
Witnesses told police that the victim, Mark Eugene Hohner, 33, of the 2100 block of Cedar Drive in Edgewood argued with two men.
The men attacked Mr. Hohner with a pool cue, a beating so violent the pool cue snapped, witnesses said. They said one of the attackers, who had been punching Mr. Hohner with his fists, took the pointed end of the broken cue and stabbed Mr. Hohner in the face and body.
Court records show Mr. Hohner was admitted in critical condition to Johns Hopkins Hospital with multiple fractures and stab wounds. He was discharged five days later.
DeWayne Edward Newman, 27, of the 1900 block of Steven Drive in Edgewood is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond. Kevin Ranoul Heard, 29, of the 1200 block of Handsworth Court in Baltimore is being held in lieu of $35,000 bond.
Both men are charged with assault with intent to murder.