- Published: Thursday, 14 April 2016 14:26
For Immediate Release: April 14, 2016
Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that James Willie Askew, 30, of Windsor Mill, Maryland, the first of three defendants in a daytime armed robbery of the Key Bridge Liquor store in Curtis Bay, was sentenced yesterday afternoon to 36 years in prison by Circuit Court Judge Michele D. Jaklitsch on charges of armed robbery and the use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence.
“This kind of sentence reflects the tenor of what the community wants to see for violent criminals, especially those who violate probation on multiple occasions” said Wes Adams, State’s Attorney for Anne Arundel County. “I am grateful that Judge Jaklitsch held this criminal accountable for his part in this armed robbery. My office aims to protect Anne Arundel County businesses, employees, and their customers.”
Askew was sentenced to 12 years on each of the two armed robbery counts and 12 years for the use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence. Due to the handgun charge, 5years of the sentence is without the possibility of parole.
On March 13, 2015 at approximately 2:30pm, two armed black males entered the Key Bridge Liquor story in Curtis Bay with their faces covered and what appeared to be a handgun. The two men inside the store demanded for customers to get on the ground and grabbed a store employee, pushing him to the store safe. Upon learning there was no money in the safe, the armed robber became agitated and threatened to kill them. In fear for his life, the employee pointed to a drawer where there was money. Surveillance video shows that both robbers reach into the register and take money. More than $20,000 and a handgun were stolen from the store.
According to surveillance video, their silver Mercedes was parked in an obstructed position outside the business and fled the scene just after the robbery. Askew drove the getaway vehicle. The remaining two suspects in this case will be sentenced on May 11 and May 25 for the same 3 counts.
Judge Michele D. Jaklitsch presided over the case. ASA Kelly Poma prosecuted the case on behalf of the State.