Glen Burnie man sentenced to 45 years for attemped murder

ANNAPOLIS, Md - A Glen Burnie man was sentenced to 45 years in prison Monday for the attempted murder of store employees during a 2011 botched robbery at an Annapolis Spanish grocery store.

On Jan. 20, a jury found Darius Cameron, 28, guilty of two counts of attempted second-degree murder, three counts of first-degree assault and two counts of attempted armed robbery.

The sentence was handed down by Judge Pamela North in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court in Annapolis.

On Aug.19, 2011, Cameron entered Anita's Spanish Grocery on Fairfax Road in Annapolis and perused the aisles. After a few minutes, he pulled his shirt over his face, pointed a revolver at two employees and demanded cash.

Cameron climbed on the counter and continued to point the gun at the employees. He pulled the trigger several times, but the gun malfunctioned. He then pointed the gun at a third employee and again tried to shoot, but the gun did not fire.

Cameron dropped the weapon while attempting to pull the cash drawer from the register. A clerk picked up the revolver and a struggle ensued. Employees chased Cameron throughout the store and locked all doors so he could not exit. 

Last Wednesday,  those same employees and customers were honored for their efforts at the State's Attorney's Office's Awards Ceremony and Luncheon commemorating National Crime Victims' Rights Week.