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Posted at 7:48 AM ET, 11/30/2010

18 years for terrorizing teen campers

By The Associated Press

Prosecutors say a man who terrorized four teenage campers in the spring has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

George Carroll was sentenced on Monday in Frederick County Circuit Court.

Carroll is one of three men charged in an incident in April at a primitive campsite along the Monocacy River near Tuscarora.

The victims -- two girls and two boys, ages 15 to 17 -- told police that the defendants, who were camping nearby, threatened them with machetes and a baseball bat and took their money.

By The Associated Press  | November 30, 2010; 7:48 AM ET
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Holds breath waiting for commentators to blame liberals, race, culture, bad parents for this crime committed by WHITE defendants....Turns blue in face.

Posted by: darrren12000 | November 30, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

While I think the man in question does deserve punishment, 18 years seems excessive for the crime committed. I've seen people get less time for manslaughter or murder charges.

Perhaps this article is just vague, but I don't see "threaten[ing] them with machetes" as necessarily tantamount to attempted murder.

Posted by: georgetownred | November 30, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

I think his sentence is just. Any one who would do what he did is perfectly capable of killing why else would they have been terrorizing the campers. And I haven't followed this case so the article doesn't mention if the campers had to defend themselves for their life. Better to lock the bad ones up before they kill than wonder why they are out on the street when they do kill.

Posted by: TG10 | November 30, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

18 years is insane. Unless the guy raped or severely beat any of the campers, 18 years is just too much. 5 years would of been plenty. No wonder our prisons are overflowing and the US has the highest incarceration rate among any industrialised nation. We have more people in prison then anyone and are we any safer? no.

Posted by: MarilynManson | November 30, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

This guy should have thought about it before he decided to intimidate people while they are trying to enjoy the outdoors. These guys are crazy. Most of them are illegals who cant afford to rent a place to live so they live at these camp sites...

Posted by: jellybean5 | November 30, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I don't know the details of the sentencing report so cannot have an informed opinion on this sentencing...but it certainly does sound like the actions of a sociopathic predator personality...a hard thing to treat and quite unsafe when loose in society.

Posted by: tfarris11 | November 30, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Holds breath waiting for commentators to blame liberals, race, culture, bad parents for this crime committed by WHITE defendants....Turns blue in face.

Posted by: darrren12000...


BRAVO!!

Posted by: mloaks | November 30, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

fredericknewspost.com/sections/news...Carroll showed little emotion during his hourlong sentencing hearing Monday in which he chose not to address the court. Three others spoke on his behalf -- his mother, his fianc?e and a nephew.
They apologized for Carroll's actions and said he has benefited from his time behind bars since his arrest by reading the Bible and participating in Alcoholics Anonymous.
"I think he's ashamed," defense attorney Stephen M. Harris said. "I think that he recognizes that what happened scared the living daylights out of these four victims."
The teens testified they were robbed of about $200, that two of them had machetes put to their head and that Cann threatened them with a handgun while they were en route with him to an ATM to withdraw $5,000.
Each teen called Carroll the ringleader of the bunch...
Solt called Carroll's conduct at the campsite "senseless, pointless, unprovoked, unnecessary and outrageous É you tortured four people who had done you no wrong."
Because attempted armed robbery is considered a crime of violence, Carroll must complete half of his 18-year sentence before he can even be considered for parole.

Posted by: mloaks | November 30, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Can't imagine there weren't circumstances that brought on an 18 year sentence. Maybe some past history of violent offenses. Either way the world is likely a safer place without this clown running around loose.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | November 30, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

The sentence is just, there are other components to this charge, not only is there brandishing a weapon, there is also the abduction component. when you hold someone against there will it is abduction or kidnapping. i am sure that any parent who had this done to their child would think that a life sentence was in order. this suspect was only charged in this case, god only knows if he has done this before or may even be involved in previous unsolved murders. i'm not feeling sorry for him!

Posted by: djlojak | November 30, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

The sentence is just, there are other components to this charge, not only is there brandishing a weapon, there is also the abduction component. when you hold someone against there will it is abduction or kidnapping. i am sure that any parent who had this done to their child would think that a life sentence was in order. this suspect was only charged in this case, god only knows if he has done this before or may even be involved in previous unsolved murders. i'm not feeling sorry for him!

Posted by: djlojak | November 30, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

and how much prison time did scooter libby or karl rove get for revealing the identity of a covert CIA agent; endangering her, her family, her friends, her contacts and the security of the whole united states? I guess if you are going to terrorize, it pays to go big.

Posted by: MarilynManson | November 30, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Marilyn,
You realize Valerie Plame was no longer working as an operative and living in metro DC when her identity was revealed...right?
She wasn't even an intelligence asset by the time anyone knew who she was.
Let's not get carried away with her value in the intelligence community.
Now all of these wonderful folks released from Gitmo by our esteemed President who are again coordinating attacks on US citizens and interests...THOSE are far more disconcerting.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | November 30, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

white trash.....execute him.

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | November 30, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

The sentence was tough due to the use of a handgun in multiple crimes (kidnapping, assault, and robbery). VA developed its sentencing guidelines so that while owning a gun is common and legal, using one in the commission of a crime merits extremely tough penalties. I find this to be much more sensible than laws in DC, where murder with our without a gun may not even get 18 years. Handguns are technically banned but violating that ban or using one in the commission of the crime is not considered a big deal at all. IMHO that's why you're so much more likely to be murdered in DC than in most of the east coast (except Baltimore), especially if you live in DC your entire life.

Posted by: plugugly7 | November 30, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

plugugly7,
"IMHO that's why you're so much more likely to be murdered in DC than in most of the east coast (except Baltimore), especially if you live in DC your entire life."
Can't believe the Chamber of Commerce doesn't highlight THAT...

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | November 30, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Plugugly wins the prize. A handgun was involved in the commission of the crime, and this particular defendant held the gun and forced the victims to drive to an ATM to withdraw money. The cops stopped them on the way. Handgun crimes carry higher penalties.

Posted by: darrren12000 | November 30, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

PS: instead of linking the crime to race, culture, liberalism, etc. in the case of white defendants, people are instead protesting the length of the sentence....

Posted by: darrren12000 | November 30, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

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