Man pleads guilty to four armed robberies; Agreement could reduce possible 30-year sentence


A Westminster man who brandished a large knife during seven robberies in South Carroll between August 1997 and April 1998 pleaded guilty yesterday to four of those armed robberies.

Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. found Floyd L. Strader, 24, guilty on those four counts, and the state dropped all remaining charges in the 46-count indictment against Strader for the robbery, assault, reckless endangerment and related weapons offenses.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Burns could impose a 30-year sentence and suspend all but 18 years of the term, said prosecutor David P. Daggett, an assistant state's attorney.

Janette DeBoissiere, an assistant public defender representing Strader, may argue for a shorter sentence, Daggett said.

Burns granted DeBoissiere's request to defer disposition and set Strader's sentencing for March 15. Strader is incarcerated in Hagerstown on an unrelated offense.

In the statement of facts, Daggett told Burns that Strader and another man, who has not been charged, robbed a High's store in Eldersburg on Aug. 6, 1997; a Little George's convenience store in Sykesville on Jan. 3, 1998; a 7-Eleven convenience store in Woodbine on Jan. 8, 1998; and a Domino's Pizza shop in Eldersburg on Feb. 9, 1998.

In each instance, Strader entered, pulled a knife and threatened employees, Daggett said. He demanded money from the register and fled to a waiting vehicle. The amounts stolen ranged between $40 and $120.

Witnesses, if called upon, would have testified that Strader told them he had committed the robberies and mentioned details that only the robber or the victim would know, Daggett said.

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