Strong Defense Results in Lower Sentence for Burning Speed Camera; Restitution Made
Bel Air, Maryland: Criminal Defense Attorney Edward V. Curry III, a member of the firm of Brown, Brown & Young, PA, of Bel Air and Elkton, Maryland, has successfully argued in Howard County Circuit Court that a minimum punishment was appropriate for his client, 19-year-old Connor Eash of Glenelg, Maryland, who admitted to setting a speed camera on fire near Glenelg High School in Howard County last spring.
Curry's strong defense of his client countered Howard County State's Attorney Colleen McGuinn's recommendations for punishment, which started with a 30-day sentence. In a bench sentencing hearing before Circuit Court Judge Richard S. Bernhardt, Curry pointed out the youth of the perpetrator, the outside events leading to the act, the obvious remorse and change of Eash's attitude, and the fact that full restitution had been made by the defendant.
Says Curry, "I think what's important here is that a lesson was learned, restitution was made to put the camera back in working order, and a young man was more than adequately punished. The purpose of our Criminal Justice System is not to seek revenge, but to seek compensation and a change in attitude, along with appropriate penalties. This sentence accomplishes that," Curry adds.
On the record during the sentencing, which took place on January 15, 2015, Judge Bernhardt told Eash that "but for all the work done by your attorney, I would have had no problem following the state's recommendation." Eash was convicted of one count of malicious destruction of property and one count of attempted malicious burning. Judge Bernhardt then sentenced Eash to two days in jail, three years probation and 200 hours of community service.
The result of the case was satisfactory to State's Attorney McGuinn, who said "I thought the judge made a fair and reasoned sentence. It reflected the severity of the actions, but it also took into account that Mr. Eash did make reparations. He is also a very young man and stood before the court as someone who has never been convicted before," she added.
Testifying as a character witness for Eash, Howard County Police Captain Dan Coon admitted that Eash's crime was "a despicable, inexcusable act," but also concluded that the teenager had "learned an important life lesson the hard way [and] I don't think you'll see him in a courtroom ever again!"
Edward V. Curry joined the firm of Brown, Brown & Young in July 2014, after serving as Senior Assistant State's Attorney, Circuit Court Division, in the Office of the State's Attorney for Howard County, Maryland, where he prosecuted defendants accused of felonies such as murder or arson, and where he served as Lead Counsel for all aspects of criminal litigation, including pre-trial and post-trial motions, witness interviews, plea negotiations and litigation strategy planning.
A vigorous and experienced courtroom attorney, Mr. Curry has also had significant experience in the District Courts, having handled thousands of criminal citations and serious ("incarcerable") traffic cases such as DWI, DUI, reckless driving, endangerment, and more.
At Brown, Brown and Young, Mr. Curry concentrates on criminal defense and civil litigation, including product liability, accident law, personal injury law, and all matters related to motor vehicle misdemeanors and felonies.