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Suspect In Violent Attacks Gets 20-Year Sentence

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BALTIMORE (AP) — A man suspected of a series of violent attacks in a wealthy North Baltimore neighborhood after receiving a suspended sentence from a previous armed robbery conviction there has entered a guilty plea for two attacks.

The Baltimore Sun reports that a judge sentenced John Couplin, 21, to 20 years in prison on Thursday.

Couplin originally served about a year of a 10-year sentence for a 2008 robbery at knifepoint of a woman in Guilford. In January 2010, authorities say he returned, terrorizing three women and forcing a college student in his vehicle’s trunk while using the student’s bank card to withdraw money.

Guilford residents were outraged to learn that the nearly nine-year sentence that remained from his 2008 crime had been suspended.

A judge in January reinstated that sentence.

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

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