Saturday, December 20, 2008

MoCo Home Invasions special 12-17-08


Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008

Second suspect convicted in robbery, home invasion
Gaithersburg man guilty in shooting that left man paralyzed

by Joe Beck | Staff Writer

A Gaithersburg man was convicted Monday in robbery and shooting that left a Germantown man paralyzed from the waist down last year.

Jeffrey Samuel Marcus, 30, of Orchard Drive in Gaithersburg, faces sentencing on Feb. 25 after the jury found him guilty Monday of six offenses, according to Assistant State's Attorney Amy Bills, who prosecuted the case. Marcus was convicted of first-degree assault, robbery with a dangerous weapon and first-degree burglary among other offenses, Bill said.

Marcus was acquitted of attempted first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery, both charges involving two additional victims, Bills said.

A co-defendant in the case, Arthur A. Phillips, 28, of Gaithersburg is awaiting sentencing on 11 counts, including robbery with a dangerous weapon, first- degree assault and first degree burglary.

Court documents and testimony from the shooting victim in the first trial linked the crime to an attempt by the defendants to steal money and drugs left at the apartment on Crystal Rock Drive in Germantown by a friend of the victim.

The victim, 27, testified in November that he awakened in his bedroom Sept. 28, 2007, to find a masked man standing over him and yelling. The victim said the intruder shot him as he reached over to put on his glasses.

Two other roommates in the apartment are also identified as victims in the case. One had his nose broken by one or two of the assailants as they took his wallet and money. The intruders also stole a cell phone and money from a woman living in the apartment. She was uninjured.

A third defendant in the case, Bobby Allen Ebron, 34, of Gaithersburg received one year probation in January after pleading guilty to being an accessory to crimes committed by Phillips and Marcus. He was given one year probation in exchange for cooperating with the prosecution, according to court documents.



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