Goodwill store robber gets five years
Making a strong entry late last year for the low-down crime Hall of Fame, Anthony Roland robbed a Goodwill store in Gaithersburg while armed with a gun. Twice.
Now Roland has pleaded guilty and is looking at several years in the state prison system, according to court records. He remains locked in the Montgomery County jail, an official there said Tuesday. His attorneys said they expected him to be moved to the state system soon.
Roland apologized in court last week for robbing the store, and said he is committed to turning his life around, according to one of his attorneys, Kim Branscome, who represented Roland as part of the bro bono program at Covington & Burling. Roland acknowledged that he had abused drugs, and said he has made improvements in this area recently in programs offered by the Montgomery County jail.
Roland pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but the judge suspended five years, according to online court records. He also received about six months credit for time he has already served in jail recently, according to records.
According to Maryland rules, Roland will be eligible for "good time" credit in the state system, so long as he stays out of trouble, and he could be released early. He also could be eligible for parole after half his sentence -- or in about two years, according to the Maryland Parole Commission.
Roland earlier had been accused of hitting his girlfriend in the face with a folding chair and biting her on her right forearm, according to police accounts. That matter will be dropped as part of the agreement in the robbery plea, according to Roland's attorneys.
-- Dan Morse
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