… Federal authorities say he was part of conspiracy ring …
By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun
9:30 PM EST, March 8, 2011
A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a Rosedale man for home invasion robberies, including the armed robbery of a restaurant owner, who was left handcuffed to a chair in his home two years ago, the Maryland U.S. attorney’s office said.
U.S. District Judge Benson E. Legg sentenced Antowan Bell, 25, to more than 10 years in prison for his role in the September 2009 robbery of the owner of a Baltimore County restaurant on North Point Boulevard.
According to his plea agreement, Bell and another man drove to the owner’s home and gained entry by pretending to be law enforcement. Once inside, they handcuffed the owner to a chair and took $140,000 from a safe. Prosecutors said the owner gave up the combination after one of the robbers threatened to cut off his fingers.
In November 2009, Bell and his accomplice drove to Atlantic City, where they planned another robbery, but were arrested.
Bell’s prison time will be followed by five years of supervised release. He was ordered to pay restitution of $140,000.
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… Goodbye, Mr. Bell. …