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Sentenced to four years in prison in Calvert County Circuit Court

By KATIE FITZPATRICK

Staff writer

Melvin L. Mackall Jr. was sentenced to four years in prison Monday after he pleaded guilty in Calvert County Circuit Court in two separate cases, in which he was charged for his involvement in two armed robberies.

Mackall, 35, of Lusby was arrested in February and indicted in March on charges of armed robbery, attempted robbery, first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, attempted drug possession, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree assault, conspiracy to commit second-degree assault, conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary and drug possession and two counts of second-degree assault for events that occurred Feb. 12.

Mackall pleaded guilty Monday to one count of conspiracy to commit robbery. As part of a plea agreement with the Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Office, the remaining charges were dropped. Mackall was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with all but three years suspended, and placed on five years of supervised probation upon his release.

In a second case, Mackall was charged with armed robbery, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime and carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to injure for events that occurred Feb. 5.

In that case, Mackall pleaded guilty Monday to one count of first-degree assault, and the remaining charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement. He was sentenced to five years in prison, with all but one year and one day suspended, and he received credit for the 164 days he has already served in jail.

At 7:57 a.m. Feb. 12, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a Roundup Road home in Chesapeake Ranch Estates in Lusby for a report of a home invasion robbery, according to charging documents. As deputies were responding to the call, they passed a white Ford Crown Victoria with tinted windows being driven by a black man with dreadlocks, police said.

Upon arrival, deputies contacted the victim, who said he was sleeping in bed with his girlfriend and baby when he was attacked by a black man. He said he woke up when he was hit in the face with an unknown object and then the man demanded his prescription medication and beat the victim “severely about the body and the face,” charging documents state.

The victim’s girlfriend said she woke up when her boyfriend was being beaten, and the man told her to get her child and leave or he would kill them, police said. She then ran from the home to a neighbor’s house, where she called police. Both the victim and his girlfriend said they had never seen the man before. Police said they learned the man had beaten the victim with a “large metal hairspray can” and a wooden and glass jewelry box was taken from the bedroom.

Deputies said the suspect had entered the home through the front door, which may have been unlocked or forced open. A large amount of blood was found on the floor and bed and blood was smeared on a basement sliding glass door, the stairs leading to the basement, the front door and the porch, charging documents state.

The victim was taken to Calvert Memorial Hospital, where deputies said he appeared to have been “severely beaten with the majority of his wounds on the left side of his face.” According to charging documents, the victim said his family frequently had helped “a homeless man by the name of Deon Lamont Jones” and the victim knew Jones drove a white Ford Crown Victoria.

Three other witnesses who live near where the robbery and assault occurred told deputies that at about 8 a.m. Feb. 12, the Crown Victoria pulled into their driveway. Two black men got out of the car and then forced open the front door, police said.

One witness told the two men, one of whom she recognized as Jones, to leave when Jones allegedly then said they had robbed someone’s house but “the robbery had gone bad,” according to charging documents. Both of the men allegedly then went into another witness’s bedroom, “demanding” he gather his wallet and money and drive them to White Sands in Lusby because the car they were driving was known to police. The second witness said he refused to drive them to White Sands and the men then left, police said.

Two witnesses were shown a photo lineup containing a picture of Mackall and picked his picture out as the man accompanying Jones on the robbery and assault, charging documents state.

Jones, 22 of Lusby also was arrested and indicted in March and was charged with armed robbery, attempted robbery, first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, attempted drug possession, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree assault, conspiracy to commit second-degree assault, conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary and conspiracy to possess drugs and two counts of second-degree assault for these events.

A plea hearing for Jones is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26.

On Feb. 5, Mackall visited a home on Adelina Road in Prince Frederick looking for Percocet and money from the victim, according to charging documents. The victim told Mackall he did not have either of those items, and Mackall allegedly began hitting the victim, charging documents state.

During the altercation, police said Mackall removed a silver handgun from a pocket and hit the victim in the head with the gun. Mackall also pointed the gun at the victim and threatened to kill him, charging documents state.

Mackall then allegedly put the gun back in his pocket and pulled out a knife, with which he tried to stab the victim. The victim blocked the attack and knocked the knife out of Mackall’s hand, and it fell to the ground, police said. The two men fought “for a few more seconds,” when Mackall then picked the knife back up, threatened the victim again and left the property after telling the victim to “have the drugs or money by six, because he would be back,” charging documents state.

Deputies interviewed a witness Feb. 21 who was at the scene of the assault. The witness told deputies Mackall was upset because he believed the victim was trying to exchange drugs for sex with Mackall’s girlfriend, police said. The witness saw Mackall hit the victim but did not see a gun or knife, according to charging documents.

Police said the victim was shown a photo lineup and allegedly picked Mackall out as the person who assaulted him.

kfitzpatrick@somdnews.com