Candidate's attacker gets 3 years

The Baltimore Sun

A 38-year-old West Baltimore man will spend three years in prison for hitting political activist and frequent political candidate A. Robert Kaufman in the head with a brick and then robbing him, according to city prosecutors. Kaufman is currently running for mayor.

Steven Carr of the 3800 block of Hillsdale Road pleaded guilty in May to robbery with a deadly weapon for the Dec. 6 attack that occurred on the front porch of Kaufman's North Hilton Street home.

Circuit Court Judge Wanda K. Heard sentenced Carr to 15 years but suspended all but three years. The sentence will run concurrent to the two years Carr is serving for violating the terms of his probation on a drug conviction, prosecutors said.

Heard also ordered Carr to serve five years' probation after his release from prison and to complete his high school equivalency certificate and finish his training to be an electrician, prosecutors said. Carr also will be provided with drug, alcohol and anger management counseling.

Kaufman has over the years run for local, state and federal offices and is among seven candidates vying for the mayoral slot in the Sept. 11 primary. He favors legalizing drugs, which he says would eliminate the need for people to resort to crime to feed their addictions.

Kaufman said he told the judge in court yesterday that the man who attacked him "was so desperate for a fix that he resorted to doing this. Both he and I are victims of the drug trade. If he had been able to go to a clinic and get what he needed, we both wouldn't be here. Now he has to go to prison. ... I wish him the best of luck while he is there."

Kaufman also was attacked in his home in 2005, which left him badly injured and in need of a kidney transplant.

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