BALTIMORE (AP) — A man suspected in a series of violent attacks in a wealthy north Baltimore neighborhood has been sentenced to nearly nine years in prison for violating his probation.

Baltimore prosecutors say John Couplin was found guilty this week of violating his probation as a result of a separate conviction in Baltimore County. Judge John Addison Howard sentenced Couplin to the full balance of his previously suspended 10-year sentence.

Couplin received the suspended sentence in June 2009 after pleading guilty to armed robbery. He’s now accused in two additional armed robberies in the same neighborhood that occurred after his release.

State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein says in a statement that Couplin is the sort of repeat violent offender for whom his office is committed to seeking long prison terms.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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