Baltimore ‘dine and dasher’ gets bill
moncler bambino outlet Baltimore’s notorious “dine and dasher,” accused of repeatedly faking seizures to get out of paying restaurant tabs, got a hefty bill on Friday from a city judge: five years in prison. moncler bambino outlet
outlet moncler Andrew Palmer, 47, has been eating and drinking for free around town for years. He became moncler outlet known by police and paramedics for feigning medical emergencies when piumini moncler scontatissimi his checks were due, and restaurant owners began moncler saldi posting his picture on their walls. outlet moncler
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But on Friday, on charges that he stole $89 when he refused to pay a bill at the now closed Oliver Speck’s in Harbor East last fall, Palmer received a sentence of five years from District Judge Theodore B. Oshrine.
moncler outlet trebaseleghe This time, prosecutors convicted him of a more serious charge using an unusual argument about the magnitude of his crime. Though $89 is under $100, they said, it is also under $1,000 a designation that qualified Palmer for a much moncler saldi outlet stiffer punishment. Public defenders are appealing the outcome but declined to comment further. moncler outlet trebaseleghe
Assistant State’s Attorney Scott Richman has been pursuing Palmer for years. In 2010, after flipping through Palmer’s 133 moncler bambino outlet page rap sheet, he decided to combine moncleroutlet-i six similar restaurant theft cases into one conspiracy charge that brought a longer sentence of 18 months.
“I said, ‘We have to get this guy more than 90 days. That just doesn’t faze him,’ ” Richman told moncler outlet online uomo The Baltimore Sun at the time.
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moncler bambino saldi He was convicted in 13 of those cases, receiving anywhere from 90 days to 18 months, most recently getting a 90 day sentence in March. moncler bambino saldi
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“I had it ingrained in my head what he looked like,” said Karin Tiffany, the co owner of Peter’s Inn in Fells Point. “And I showed his picture to everyone here.”
The free meal that brought moncler outlet serravalle Palmer the lengthy sentence occurred in October 2013, when Palmer went to Oliver Speck’s. Owner Jesse Sandlin said he ordered pork chops, macaroni and cheese, soup and several drinks. Believing he had become intoxicated, a bartender cut him off. Then Palmer appeared to pass out.
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moncler outlet online uomo On the way to the hospital, Palmer suddenly woke up and stated, “I have no money to pay for my food and beers, so I was faking,” prosecutors said. moncler outlet online uomo
piumini moncler saldi Police issued Palmer a citation for the piumini moncler saldi crime a few days later, but the charge was dropped in January. The case was refiled in late February, with prosecutor Richman assigned once again. This time, instead of theft under $100, Richman charged him with theft under $1,000. piumini moncler saldi
piumini moncler uomo Of course, $89 is under both $100 and $1,000, but defense attorney and former prosecutor Warren Alperstein, who is not involved with the cases, said moncler bambino saldi there is a principle in the law called “specific over general” that calls for the charges to fit the allegations as closely as possible. piumini moncler uomo
“You have to charge the most specific statute that applies,” Alperstein said.
moncler outlet serravalle Online court records show that Palmer has been convicted of the more severe theft allegation twice before, though details of those cases including the alleged damages were not available Friday. In recent months, prosecutors had tried moncler saldi for the higher charge without success. moncler outlet serravalle
moncler saldi uomo At Palmer’s February court hearing for stealing $50 by not paying a bill at the Kona Grill, Assistant State’s Attorney Wesley Corning added a charge of theft under $1,000, saying prosecutors wanted the charge with the more severe penalty. moncler saldi uomo
piumini moncler scontatissimi Judge George M. Lipman rejected the move, saying theft under $100 was more appropriate. piumini moncler scontatissimi
piumini moncler outlet But on Friday, in front of Oshrine, the charge stuck. And Palmer’s guilty plea made three convictions on the charge, which carries a heavier penalty on a third offense. The maximum penalty for a first and second offense on a charge of theft under moncler saldi uomo $1,000 is 18 months. piumini moncler outlet
For a third offense, the maximum jumps to five years in prison.
moncler outlet Oshrine gave Palmer every day of it, to be followed by three years of supervised probation. On a second count of falsely calling an ambulance, he got a five year suspended sentence that could be imposed if he were to “dine and dash” while on probation, prosecutors said. moncler outlet
Fittingly, Friday was Richman’s last day as a piumini moncler outlet prosecutor. The state’s attorney’s office would not make him available for moncler outlet trebaseleghe an interview.
moncler saldi outlet “For years, this individual has preyed on our small businesses, the lifeblood of our city’s economy, and tied up vital 911 services under false pretenses. We are therefore gratified with today’s outcome and grateful to Assistant State’s Attorney Scott Richman for his good work,” State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein said moncler saldi outlet.