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Escapee given 25-year term in robbery at High's last year


A 37-year-old escapee received a 25-year prison sentence without parole, consecutive to his original sentence, in Carroll County Circuit Court yesterday for the armed robbery of a High's store in Gamber a year ago.

William Louis Boyer was convicted by a jury Nov. 21 on 14 counts of armed robbery in the High's case, in which about $350 and a purse were taken from three employees Feb. 7 by a robber with a loaded .22-caliber revolver, State's Attorney Jerry F. Barnes said.

One of the female victims signaled a customer, who called police. After a high-speed chase toward Westminster, police disabled Boyer's vehicle at Route 140 and Suffolk Road. Boyer fled on foot into a residential area, where he was caught.

Barnes presented Boyer's previous robbery convictions, three in Baltimore County and two in Baltimore. In July 1997, while serving a 24-year sentence for four of those crimes, Boyer walked away from work-release in Baltimore. He had served nine to 10 years.

Circuit Judge Michael M. Galloway said yesterday's sentence will be consecutive to the remainder of Boyer's original prison term. He denied a motion for a new trial for Boyer, who said, as he did at his trial, that he is innocent.

Barnes said Boyer will be eligible for parole in 2011 on his original sentence. The consecutive sentence in Carroll will then begin.

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