Court Of Special Appeals Upholds Conviction Of Frederick Man

It said no error was committed in the trial proceedings, as the defense argued.


Frederick, Md (KM) The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Frederick Man who was found guilty of a home invasion robbery and theft.

Attorneys for Antonio Cottingham argued that the trial court had erred by restricting a cross examination by the defense, which wanted to ask a prosecution witness about his pending sentencing for distribution of cocaine. But the Court of Special Appeals found no error, and affirmed Cottingham’s conviction.

Cottingham was arrested following a break-in at a home on Heather Ridge Drive in Frederick. The victim told police she answered her door, believing it was her husband. But three men pushed their way into her apartment. The victim told investigators one of the men held a knife to her stomach and forced into a the back bedroom. That’s where the men went through her son’s belonging, Frederick Police say.

The Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office says surveillance video shows three men entering the apartment building, and shortly afterward, two men carrying out bags.

On January 4th, 2017, Cottingham was found guilty of home invasion and  theft less than $1,000.

He was sentenced on February 24th, 2017 to 25 years in prison with all but 15 years suspended. When he’s released, Cottingham will be placed on five years of probation and must have no contact with the victim.


By Kevin McManus