Teen Sentenced to 30 Years for Attack on Baltimore Reporter

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A 19-year-old man convicted of robbing and beating a veteran newspaper reporter was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in prison.

Philip M. Carter pleaded guilty to robbery, first-degree assault and conspiracy to rob in the attack last February on Carl Schoettler, now 74, a reporter for The (Baltimore) Sun. Schoettler sustained serious head injuries in the attack and underwent rehabilitation before returning to work.

After listening to testimony from Schoettler’s family about his difficult recovery and Carter’s apology for the attack, Circuit Judge Martin P. Welch imposed a 30-year sentence — the maximum under Carter’s plea agreement.

The attack happened after Schoettler was involved in a minor car accident not far from City Hall. As he exchanged information with the driver of a van, Carter ran forward and attacked Schoettler from behind, knocking him down and kicking him in the head. Schoettler was left unconscious in the street.

Trial for the other two men charged in the attack, Gregory Kulla and Latar Bradshaw, is scheduled for May 23.

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