Bobo son gets plea bargain in theft case


The son of state Del. Elizabeth Bobo accepted a plea agreement yesterday in the theft of a $1,500 racing bicycle two years ago.

Clifford Louis Bobo, a 27-year-old law student and professional bicycle racer, was ordered to complete 18 months of probation as part of the agreement he entered in Howard Circuit Court.

He also agreed to pay $1,497 in restitution to the owner of the bicycle, which prosecutors say was stolen in June 1993 from the roof of a car parked at Dorsey's Search Village Center in Columbia.

Mr. Bobo, who has maintained his innocence since his arrest two years ago, entered an Alford plea, which means he did not admit he is guilty of theft but acknowledged prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him.

Mr. Bobo, of the 9200 block of Winding Way in Ellicott City, has contended that his arrest was the result of a "grudge" held by former

friends because he tried to improve his life.

The agreement reached yesterday before retired Circuit Judge J. Thomas Nissel is more lenient than the sentence Mr. Bobo received in March after he was convicted of the theft in Carroll County District Court.

Mr. Bobo then was given a suspended 18-month jail term, two years of probation and 100 hours of community service. He appealed the conviction to Howard Circuit Court.

The case had been moved to Carroll to avoid a conflict of interest for Howard court officials. Mr. Bobo's mother is a lawyer and former Howard County executive who was elected a state delegate for Howard's District 12B last year.

Mr. Bobo was arrested in September 1993 after an anonymous caller reported to police he had seen Mr. Bobo unstrap the red Cannondale ultralight bicycle from the car's roof and take it to his house, prosecutors said.

The caller told police that Mr. Bobo stripped parts from the bicycle and mailed the frame to a bicycle dealer in Italy, records say.

A police search of Mr. Bobo's home turned up several components identified by the owner of the bicycle, records say.

A felony conviction does not automatically disqualify someone from obtaining a Maryland law license, according to state laws.

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