A 44-year-old Westminster man with a long criminal history received a 45-year prison sentence yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court for the carjacking of a Westminster teen-ager as she was returning a videotape at Carroll Plaza Shopping Center.
Hubert Otha "Mo" Mason, who has had various Westminster addresses but most recently has been at the Carroll County Detention Center, was convicted by a jury Sept. 6 after a three-day trial before Judge Luke K. Burns Jr.
Co-defendant Jonathan Scott Eyler, 28, formerly of Pennsylvania Avenue in Westminster, testified against Mason.
Eyler said they had been smoking crack cocaine for two days, wanted money for more and intended to use the 17-year-old victim's 1991 Ford Explorer to rob a gasoline station April 30. Eyler pleaded guilty Monday to armed carjacking and armed robbery.
Using a BB gun, Eyler said he ordered the girl to "scoot over" and that Mason got into the back seat and rifled her wallet, taking $10 to $15 and commenting that he knew where she lived. They drove around for about 15 minutes before they "chickened out" on the robbery and abandoned the girl and the vehicle in an alley off Pennsylvania Avenue, Eyler said
Burns sentenced Mason on nine counts, including armed carjacking, armed robbery, conspiracy, second-degree assault, misdemeanor theft and false imprisonment.
Senior State's Attorney David P. Daggett noted Mason's lengthy record and called him "a blight on the community for the last 20 years, always getting in trouble."
Pending against Mason are charges of robbing a woman at a Westminster automated teller machine, possession of cocaine and driving while his license was revoked, Daggett said.