A 23-year-old former Westminster-area man pleaded guilty yesterday to beating and choking a 17-year-old New Windsor girl in September.
Christopher Scott Frazier, who had no fixed address but who has lived in New Windsor and Westminster, could be sentenced to as many as 25 years in prison for first-degree assault, according to a plea agreement accepted by Carroll Circuit Judge Michael M. Galloway.
Sentencing was scheduled for June 27. Frazier is expected to complete a drug treatment program for heroin addiction before the hearing.
Tracy A. Gilmore, deputy state's attorney, said she will ask Galloway to sentence Frazier to 20 years in prison. She reminded Galloway that Frazier was convicted Sept. 13 of unrelated burglary and theft charges and was sentenced to five years of supervised probation.
The Sun is not naming the victim because of her age.
She was choked, punched and beaten with a piece of wood and lost consciousness, according to the statement of facts offered by the prosecutor yesterday. After being left in a remote area near Finksburg, she awoke to discover her car had been stolen and walked about 100 yards to Reese Road, where she was assisted by a motorist who called state police, Gilmore said.
She was taken by MedEvac helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment.
Three days after the attack, Baltimore City police spotted the girl's 1998 white Toyota Camry and arrested Frazier.
"I believe I could have died, and in many ways I feel dead," the victim told Galloway yesterday. "I'm not the same person."
The victim, who had known Frazier for five years, is in therapy and receiving treatment for back injuries she suffered during the assault.
Frazier was charged with first-degree assault, carjacking, robbery, second-degree assault, theft over $300, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. All but the first-degree assault charge were dropped.