Cops looking for convicted gunman who failed to show up for sentencing; Pekka Heinonen got head start to escape prison sentence
Commentary: Which of these characters is the biggest Dunce, St. Mary’s Circuit Court Judge Karen Abrams, or defense attorney Rudolf Carrico?
LEONARDTOWN, MD. — As an officer of the court, La Plata attorney Rudolf Carrico had an obligation to report to the court and police that his client wasn’t planning to show up in court for his sentencing day on his conviction of threatening a deputy with a loaded gun. That gave the criminal a chance to blow town – get a head start on the long arm of the law. Then there is the question of what bozo Judge decided to let this cat lurk around loose prior to sentencing when a jury had already deemed him to be dangerous. That bozo Judge apparently is Judge Karen Abrams, who has always been lenient with criminals and is close to retirement time. Perhaps there are a few fewer marbles rolling around in the old belfry these days and Judge Dingbat Abrams ought to take an early retirement. There are plenty of other lawyers around who might do a better job. Couldn’t do worse. Will Carrico be held accountable? Not likely, this is Maryland, the land of winkin’, blinkin’ and nod.
As for the nutcase with the gun: in most jurisdictions, he would have been blown away by the cop and that would have been the end of this story.
Now read this report from St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron:
Detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division (CID) are urgently requesting the public’s assistance in locating Pekka Heinonen, wanted for failure to appear in the Circuit Court of St. Mary’s County.
These charges were the result of a potentially deadly confrontation with Deputy Blaine Gaskill in July of 2016, during which Heinonen pointed a loaded handgun at him and initially failed to comply with multiple commands to lower the weapon.
In April of 2017, Heinonen was convicted by a jury of Assault First Degree and Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony. These charges were the result of a potentially deadly confrontation with Deputy Blaine Gaskill in July of 2016, during which Heinonen pointed a loaded handgun at him and initially failed to comply with multiple commands to lower the weapon. Deputy Gaskill responded to Heinonen’s residence in the 45000 block of Stoney Run Drive in Great Mills for a report of a disturbance.
Rudolf Carrico Jr advised the court he spoke with the defendant’s wife on Friday, April 28th at which time he learned the defendant would not appear in court. No notification of this information was provided by Carrico prior to the hearing.
On Monday, May 1, 2017, Heinonen failed to appear for a scheduled sentencing hearing before Judge Karen Abrams in the Circuit Court of St. Mary’s County. Heinonen’s defense attorney, Rudolf Carrico Jr, advised the court he spoke with the defendant’s wife on Friday, April 28th at which time he learned the defendant would not appear in court. No notification of this information was provided by Carrico prior to the hearing.
A bench warrant for Heinonen’s arrest was issued by the court. CID detectives, with the assistance of the FBI and NCIS, are actively attempting to locate him at this time. Detectives are asking anyone with information about Heinonen to contact Detective Cory Ellis at 301-475-4200 ext. *8125 or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact can also be made with the Duty Officer at 301-475-4040. Lastly, callers may call Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333 (callers can remain anonymous, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus your message to “CRIMES” (274637).
COMMENT on this article posted on Facebook:
by Sarita Moberg ·
- As a reporter, you are to report true facts. Instead, you are smearing wrongfully convicted man’s life.
Here are some facts…Cop comes to our house. Does not at ANYTIME announce he is a POLICE officer. NEVER. That alone is a violation of law anywhere else except in this county.
You also should report that deputy Gaskill lied under oath saying that the defendant said “I don’t care” when in fact the defendant said “this is my home” and deputy Gaskill replied, “I don’t care”.
Jury pool had 75% people chosen that were somehow linked to law enforcement. It was tainted.
Julie White lied to the jury who bought it like a bait it was intended.
Judge Abrams stated prior to trial that she wants case wrapped up by Friday @ 4 pm. What kind of judge does that?
Also, she should have excluded herself from the case since she had prior dealings w/our family. My HUSBAND never KNEW that the man who was on our property was a cop.Wearing his stormtrooper dark uniform, had his back turned when my husband walked out. I understand that you like to kiss cop a**, but at least stick to the facts, and be the reporter that you used to be.
- My husband was woken up by the commotion and had been drinking and the reaction was slow. Deputy is a coward who failed to identify himself and overreacted when our dog scared him. at no point was his sorry a** in danger