Phillip Thomas McGowans Admits to Four Armed Commercial Robberies; held up chicken store twice – went back for some dark meat
BALTIMORE, MD—Phillip Thomas McGowans, 27, of Brooklyn, Maryland, pleaded guilty on July 28, 2015 to multiple armed robberies of stores in Maryland. His conspirator in some of or all of these crimes was Sandra Clara McClary who has had her destiny with the courts delayed three times this year, giving her enough time to toss her baby out of a vehicle and left to die. McClary is currently in Anne Arundel County jail awaiting trial.
The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to his plea agreement, on July 25, 2014, McGowans pointed a handgun at an employee at the Village Liquors store in Brooklyn, Maryland and demanded money. McGowans fled with $800 from the business. On August 11, 2014, McGowan again robbed the same liquor store, pointing a handgun at employees. McGowan fled with $1,149, a bottle of vodka and cigarettes.
McGowan also robbed the New York Fried Chicken store on East Patapsco in Baltimore on August 19 and 30, 2014. On both occasions, he pointed a weapon at an employee. He fled with $200 on the first occasion and an undetermined amount on the second robbery.
McGowans and the government have agreed that if the Court accepts the plea agreement, McGowans will be sentenced to between 10 and 13 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett scheduled sentencing for October 28, 2015, at 3:00 p.m.
McGowans was living in Annapolis for several years where he racked up numerous drug arrests, traffic charges and pleaded guilty to the theft of a vehicle. On Sept. 6, 2012 McGowans was sentenced to jail for 5 years in Anne Arundel County District Court. The States Attorney for Anne Arundel gave him a sweet deal by agreeing to suspending 4 years, 11 months and 9 days of the sentence, along with time served of 21 days.
Other charges including drug distribution were put on the Stet Docket or simply dropped.
When Judge Bennett is finished with McGowans it is likely he will be in a federal prison for many years.
McGowan’s partner in crime, Sandra Clara McClary is pending trial in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court for numerous counts of armed robbery. The trial date is set for Sept. 29, 2015 and in the meantime, this “Ma Barker of Brooklyn” is sitting in a jail cell in Anne Arundel County. She is represented by a public defender, paid for by the taxpayers.
McClary is accused of throwing her baby out of a vehicle as it traveled along a road in Pasadena. The infant was found with evidence of road abrasions on its child seat and police began a search for the mother, releasing photos of the child.
Child dumped on roadside by McClary, say police
On July 4th 2015 at 2343 hours, Eastern District Officers responded to the 900 block of Druid Hill Ave Pasadena MD, for an abandoned child call. Upon arrival they made contact with a neighborhood resident who stated they located a 2-3 month old infant female. The child was found in a car seat carrier on the side of the road. Scuff marks on the carrier and other debris indicate that the carrier may have fell off of a moving vehicle.
The infant was transported by EMS to a local hospital, where she is being treated for dehydration and will be released to the Department of Child Protective Services.
On July 5, 2015 at approximately 10:00 a.m., the Anne Arundel County Police Department Communications Section received a call from a woman claiming to be the mother of the abandoned child. The woman advised that the infant’s father was supposed to have the child. She further advised that the father did not know where the child was. The caller, later identified as Sandra McClary, advised she did not have the child either and did not know of the whereabouts. She provided a general description that matched that of the recovered infant. The mother was transported to Eastern District where she positively identified her child. Additional measures were taken to validate her claims that she was in fact the mother of the child. This involved partnering with the Department of Social Services.
During the investigation officers obtained a partial tag of a vehicle located in the area where the child was located. While questioning McClary, detectives were able to determine that she was in the 900 block of Druid Hill Avenue and removed the child from the vehicle and left her on the side of the road. That vehicle’s registration matched that of the partial tag that officers established had left the area around the time this incident occurred.
After sharing the results of the investigation with the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office, Sandra Clara McClary was charged with child neglect and reckless endangerment.