Man sentenced to 40 years in home invasion of Pikesville couple

A 46-year-old man pleaded guilty this week in the April home invasion of a Pikesville couple whose wrists were bound with belts, prosecutors said.

At the time of the home invasion, the defendant, Timothy McCargo, was on mandatory supervision release for a 1989 Baltimore robbery and murder, according to the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office.

In connection with the Pikesville offense, McCargo pleaded guilty Wednesday in Baltimore County Circuit Court to kidnapping, armed robbery and a gun charge. Judge Robert E. Cahill, Jr. sentenced him to 40 years.

McCargo’s attorney declined to comment on the case.

The home invasion happened in the 3300 block of Timberfield Lane, police said at the time. The victims were ages 68 and 70.

Prosecutors said McCargo had previously done landscaping work at their home. They said he entered their home at 2 a.m. April 26 while they were sleeping.

When he encountered the man, prosecutors said, he forced him back into a bedroom at gunpoint. He bound the victims’ wrists and fired a gun into a pillow in the bedroom. Prosecutors say he ransacked the home, taking items including money, jewelry and ammunition, before fleeing in the victims’ car.

Investigators later found the car burned and abandoned in Baltimore. They also found the victims’ property in McCargo’s home, prosecutors said.

McCargo had been sentenced to 27 years in the Baltimore murder, the state’s attorney’s office said.

He was released on probation in 2008, said William Bickel, the county prosecutor who handled the Pikesville case. The following year, he was arrested on a probation violation and served three years. He was arrested again in 2013 and later released, Bickel said.

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