On August 17 and 18, 2015, Robert Lloyd Porter III, 30 of Millington, Maryland, appeared in the Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court and entered a plea of not guilty to 19 charges stemming from a Robbery and Kidnapping that occurred in February of 2015. Porter faced charges that included First Degree Assault, Second Degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment, Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Theft, Kidnapping, Conspiracy to Commit Kidnapping, False Imprisonment, Use of a Handgun During the Commission of a Felony/Violent Crime and Wear/Carry/Transport a Handgun.
After a two day trial before a Queen Anne’s County Jury, Mr. Porter was found guilty of one count of First Degree Assault, one count of Second Degree Assault, two counts of Reckless Endangerment, one count of Kidnapping, one count of Conspiracy to Commit Kidnapping and Use of a Handgun During the Commission of a Felony/Violent Crime.
The trial was based on a February 28, 2015 incident in which Mr. Porter, along with three other individuals, arranged to meet the victim at the Royal Farms on Rt. 213 and Rt. 544 in Chestertown in order to conduct a drug transaction. During the course of the drug transaction, the victim was assaulted at gun point by Mr. Porter and ordered into a vehicle. The victim was bound with duct tape, beaten continuously and threatened to be killed by Porter. The victim was transported to several locations before ultimately escaping from the vehicle and contacting police.
Porter has a lengthy criminal record, including a prior conviction for assault. Porter remained jailed pending a sentencing hearing in which Porter was facing 80 years in Prison.
On October 5, 2015 Porter appeared for his sentencing hearing in the Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court. Porter was subsequently sentenced to 60 years in prison. Porter was ordered to serve 35 years of active incarceration and the Court suspended the remaining 25 years of the 60 year sentence. Upon his release from prison, Porter will be placed on five years of supervised probation.
This case was prosecuted by Christine Dulla Rickard, Deputy State’s Attorney and Leigh Dillon, Assistant State’s Attorney.