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Capital, The (Newspaper) - January 24, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Nishida to head House arrest for teen driver UNION Clinton to promise kinder government A2 On State of the Union 9p.m. Coping with credit card hangovers A5 F ij r SOME SUN PAGE A13 TUESDAY JANUARY MD Slayer of teen gets life in prison But youth is eligible for parole in 13 years By ERIN COLOMB Staff Writer Melanie Thompson saw no remorse in her son's so she urged a county judge yesterday to show no remorse in sentencing the Lansdowne youth. of Glen said Mark A. should get life without the maximum sentence in the first-degree murder case. But Circuit Court Judge Martin-A. Wolff dis- sentencing Wheelton to life in prison for shooting Ms. Thompson's Arthur R. Childress The sentence makes Wheelton eligible for parole in 13 years. cuts me like a knife is that my son begged him for his to know I could hear him 'Don't do Ms. Thompson said. Wheelton doesn't deserve his life because of that I ask the court to use this boy as an example and give him life without the mother said. She also presented the judge with a petition in a vain effort to get a sentence of life without parole. Her shaking voice and tears were echoed by the sobs from the back of the which was filled with teen-agers. As she testified about Wheelton's lack of re- Ms. Thompson looked directly into Wheel- ton's eyes. He blinked once or but never shifted his gaze from had a very blank stare as if to OK Ms. Thompson said after the sentencing. Wheelton showed no emotion when the sentence was read. After deliberating for only one a jury on Nov. 19 found Wheelton guilty of'first-degree murder for the execution-style killing of Mr. Childress. He was shot to death May 16 behind the wheel of his Geo Metro at Sunset Drive and Hammarlee Road in Glen Burnie. He had been dating Wheel- ton's ex-girlfriend and was shot after taking the girl to her Sunset Drive police said. Assistant Public Defender James D. McCarthy Jr. said he will appeal the case if his motion for a new trial is denied. Page By A Mtnson Ttw Capital Mark A. Wheelton leaves the county courthmiM In Annapolis yesterday after being sentenced to life In prison for the May Wiling of Arthur Raymond ChlMmaa IV. Wheelton was convicted In November of first-degree murder. HOME 25C 33C Bereano court appeal dismissed By THERESA WINSLOW Staff Writer BALTIMORE A federal judge this morning dismissed defense.motions for a new trial or acquittal for Annapolis lobbyist Bruce C. Bereano who was convicted last year of mail fraud. U.S. District Court Judge William M. Nickerson set aside a guilty verdict for one of eight counts of saying that the goverment failed to prove it's case. don't find any basis in the defend- ant's submission Judge Nickerson said. Bereano said this morning that he wasn't .surprised by tiie judge's action because he had previously ruled on these but he did appreciate the one of the judge's remarks. very much appreciate the judge's reinteration that he thinks the evidence is thin and obscure and that he did not characterize-my conduct as insidious and he thought what the goverment tried to prove was In arguing for a new Stuart one of Mr. Bereano's said that are cases where juries quite simply get it and this is one of this His attorneys attacked both testi- mony about state election laws allowed during the trial and the fact that none of Bereano's clients felt they were victimized. M. Albert Bereano's other argued that the trial was unfair because the state was able to present evidence that his client violated election laws without any testimony as to what those laws were. days a jury in this very courtroom reached a verdict that in in the cool reflection of deserves post-trial relief. verdict is sustainable neither Page Police scramble to ID lurking robbers ByP.J.SHUEY Staff Writer Following a flurry of 20 robberies over the last four days including a brazen holdup at an automated teller machine this morning county police are scrambling to identify suspects and determine if any of the crimes are linked. In this morning's a man with a shotgun held up a customer at a.m. at a NationsBank cash ma- chine at 7200 Ritchie near Empire Towers in Glen. taking the victim's card and identification number. Officers from overlapping shifts rushed into the and a search dog and state police helicopter but the suspect eluded the net. were said Officer Randy county police spokesman. This morning's robbery was one of seven since including three related purse snatchings at Southdale Shopping Cromwell Field Shop- ping Center and Governor's Court in Glen police said. A preliminary count for this month places the number of robberies county- wide at 71 well over the pace for last when 61 were reported for the entire month. of these robberies seem to be committed by the same Officer Bell said. had a significant increase in teller but we believe they're being committed by the same he said. The NationsBank teller machine holdup follows three in the same day at the same machine last week. The weekend robberies included bank gas station stickups and purse snatchings A 71-year-oM Qlen Burnie woman told police her purse was snatched Page INSIDE He wants to tell them. OJ. Simpson made an unusual but not unprecedented request yesterday. He wants to make himself a talking court exhibit to go with his lawyers' photo blowups and fancy charts. A2 Former OW Mill pitcher Dennis Wiseman doesn't think of him- self as a union-buster. He thinks of himself as a ballplayer. That's why he's signed with the Cleveland Indians' organization after playing In the Inde- pendent Northern League last season. And that's also why he could find himself In the major leagues on Open- Ing Day. S2 Arundel Report Business _ Calendar Classified Chib Notes Comics. Croftofi Crossword Death Notices... Bl Editorials A12 A5-6 Lottery A4 A7 Movies All 67 A13 A7 Police Beat- A13 A10 Sevema Park AS A9 Sports B2-6 Bll Television All B12 Tides A13 Portions of The Capital art printed each day on recycled paper. The newspaper also Is recyclable Classified 268-7000 Circulation 268-4800 From Kent 327-1583 All other departmerrte..268-5000 rather humble. But you can never say never Pascal goes out a winner as he leaves gov't career By TODDSPANGLER Staff Writer ong gone are the days when I Robert A. Pascal attpad for the heights of pjgftfcal life. Now he seems content to draw further back into the shadows. But Mr. who still calls Chesapeake Harbor his home and remains a legend in the Annapolis political is not quite ready to end his longstanding ties to hoping that another Democratic governor wfll see fit to keep him around. By all he should be ready to end bis investments and ownership of United Propane Inc. in MDlersvilte have made him a rich sporting a sprawling estate near St. Michaels and a condom Costa Rica. And his tenure as appointments a Job he held for six yean under former governor Wflltam Donald is oter. But this two-term Anne Anmdel County executive and former state senator is not completely ready to throw in the towel Mr. Schaefer gave him positions on the Maryland Stadias Authority and By Bob Capital A LUUKA syposnuDstna eecreieiy nooen A. raacei ana aaewnni rai joyee DBCN HHR or i office near the State'House. Mr. a former Anne Arundel County ended elmoat 20 yeera efesnteelnstttjemmeMWaweML Off MfVliM HI pi the State Roads and after watching new Gov.ParrteN. Gtendening last he wants to bold onto those Jobs. Td like to keep he explaining that he attended last week's inauguration and the baD that followed. congratulated the new who I was immediately very impressed He will continue to work with local like Del Michael E. whom he helped bring up through the and he plans to develop a scholarship fund for Anne Arundel Community College. He wants to to find his family's roots in Italy and hoping to trim down a figure that has swelled in recent years. But Mr. who hails from die humblest of beginnings and won football All-America honors as a halfback at Duke said he wants nothing more m government than to keep his posts on the two panels. He no longer pines for the spotlight think my ego is now In he caid. don't want a full-time job. I want to move on to other It has been a long road for a man who began his political life as a changed parties to become the county and in 1982 won the Republican nomination for governor. He says he may be proudest of two he never became einbrofled in scandal and never lost an election Pap 1