Perry Hall Shooter Pleads Guilty to Attempted Murder

Robert Gladden, 15, entered the plea in Baltimore County Circuit Court Tuesday.

(Update 2:06 p.m.)—A Baltimore County Circuit Court judge has accepted a guilty plea from a Perry Hall High School student who admitted to shooting a special needs schoolmate.

Robert Gladden Jr., 15,  pleaded guilty to one count of attempted first-degree murder and the use of a firearm in the commission of a violent act before Circuit Court Judge Robert Cahill, Jr.

The other 27 counts against Gladden were dropped.

By entering a guilty plea, Gladden waived his right to a trial, which was scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

After 11 a.m., Baltimore County Assistant State's Attorney John Cox, Gladden's defense attorney George Psoras and Cahill discussed the terms of the plea agreement while Gladden's family members openly wept.

Gladden's sentencing hearing is scheduled for Feb. 25 at 9:30 a.m.

Cahill said the maximum sentence Gladden faces is life in prison with an active cap of 40 years.

Daniel Borowy, 17, was seriously injured following the Aug. 27 incident.

Parkville-Overlea Patch editor Nick Gestido contributed to this story.

Kongo February 21, 2013 at 12:47 AM
Well that's easy. Gladden is a scumbag and deserves to rot in hell. Not a whole lot else to discuss about that.
jim February 21, 2013 at 02:17 AM
Katie, I find it very interesting that you have so many comments about this tragedy. You even know the punks last name, but you don't even know the victims name. It is Daniel Borowy.
Robert Gladden, Jr. February 21, 2013 at 02:27 AM
Please stop using so much profanity. And I feel Mr. FIFA makes some salient points.
You February 21, 2013 at 02:39 AM
OK! We GOT IT! Take this punks face off the site! F**K HIM! Move on with current news! Your repeated posting of his fricken face is making him more KNOWN than the VICTIM! ENOUGH!
CWA February 21, 2013 at 11:16 AM
I don't feel sorry for Gladden one bit. There avenues to take if he was being bullied. It's not his right to take a firearm into a public school and take matters into his hands. I feel sorry for the other students that had to witness and live through this. Gladden had to be held accountable for his actions, he and he alone made the decision to take that weapon into that building and discharge it. His parents also need to be held accountable, I don't know for sure, but they may be the type that would always say, "not my Bobby, he would never so that". I realize that many will disagree with my opinion, but that is okay. I feel that the thing that is being lost here is the pain and suffering that the victim and the victim's family went through. Hopefully Gladden will get the help he needs and when he is released he can make some type of contrabution to the world
Gregg Roberts February 21, 2013 at 12:00 PM
@CP... Are you kidding? Your words about the shooting victim is ''he is retarted plain and simple.'' I am still in shock. So he's isn't plane and simple someone's child, a human being, or even a special needs student ..he is retarted, that's all plane and simple. I am sure he has a lot more class then you do.
Buck Harmon February 21, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Sounds like you are speaking of FIFA here...
CP February 21, 2013 at 03:08 PM
It's just semantics. I'm not PC. Take your pill.
Jeanne February 21, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Katie the only reason he is not being tried for murder is because skilled surgeons, dedicated nurses, and a lot of people praying for Daniel kept him alive. He took a gun to school with enough shells to kill a lot of people and use the last one on himself. He is a KILLER. Thankfully he was unsuccessful.
Jeanne February 21, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Gladden was the bully, he was not being bullied.
Jeanne February 21, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Its not a cut and dry case in the sense that Bobby has been a problem throughout school and nothing has helped him. Part of the reason nothing has helped is his parents sign the papers to get him back to school so they don't have to deal with him and they were aware, but I guess didn't care, that his problems were getting worse. To some students Bobby was a bully himself, to others he was antisocial. Being antisocial is not a reason to throw trash at someone and that person/people were wrong but it does not make it okay to bring a gun in the school and then fire it at students. Bobby had planned to bring the gun and shells in, he even planned on using the last one on himself. If Bobby had a better home life he might not have had all the problems he did but we will never know.
Jeanne February 21, 2013 at 03:33 PM
I agree with you Andrea that some of the patch regulars do act like bullies themselves.
Jeanne February 21, 2013 at 03:41 PM
I'm glad he pleaded guilty, it will save the taxpayers the cost of a trial, but who's idea was it to only be one count? I understand only one student was shot and the other shell went off in the ceiling but what about the students that were physically injured in the cafeteria? What about everybody that was in the school that day, students, staff, volunteers, etc.... were is there justice? I hope the judge gives Bobby the maximum 40 years and he cannot get out of jail a day sooner.
Silent Hill February 21, 2013 at 08:51 PM
How he impacted a community? Easy! He pretty much screwed it up totally.
rdh February 21, 2013 at 10:37 PM
My daughter went to school with Bobby from elementary school to high school. She even rode on the same bus thru all 3 schools. Never once did she witness him being bullied. He was feared, even by my daughter. As far as his family....the mother may have not been the most educated woman but she was always at the school volunteering and being a room mom. I hear the family getting thrown under the bus but no one lived with them to know if they tried everything possible to help Bobby. Only they know that. I personally want Bobby to get the maximum sentence possible. I do not ever want to walk into a store or public place and run into that young man....scares the crap out of me what his potential is. He needs help and a prison sentence. Just sayin
Cheryl Leach-Harazin February 21, 2013 at 10:44 PM
@ CP, "He's retarded, plain & simple". If u had a wonderful boy like Daniel, would like like a backwards fool saying something so derogatory? Katie, Cahill isn't going to "temper MERCY with Justice, he'll definitely met out the deserved sentence, I'll bet. Your obviously unaware of the mental health treatment in the correctional system. There isn't decent Mental Health care in the outside world, of this I know to be absolutely true, that being the case the correctional system is going to give him 3 hots & a cot, well, so 2 speak. BCPS has many opportunity for education available to students, of this I also know 2 be true. His family didn't want to be bothered. But if all of these people were aware of his family life why didn't anyone & everyone intervene.Call CPS over & over again. Tell them a BCPD about the drugs & firearms, apparently a large amount of people were very knowledgeable about what was happening within his home, BUT... NO ONE seemed to do much, or at least it wasn't reported.
Cheryl Leach-Harazin February 21, 2013 at 10:46 PM
So many comments pontificated on this thread that I am surprised Nancy Deppschtiz's wasn't " his upbringing was so poor that it resulted in manic-depression". While enviroment is a concern, This is also a Neuro-Chemical imbalance in the brain. I'm happy for him that he'll always have your support, have you sent any of that "support" The Borowry" family's way. This lovely family has had much more then there fair share of TRAGEDY bestowed upon them. Perhaps some of your (monetary) support would help there family out as well since your so supportive of Mr. Gladden Jr. Or maybe your already being supportive of them. They're drowning in the medical bills caused by poor Mr.Gladden Jr. I hope that you'll share the love & support them as well. As I've said they're wonderful people & are VERY FAR from being "some of the richest". But they are kind, considerate, Devout Christan's & loving people, who TRULY NEED A GR8 DEAL OF MONETARY SUPPORT. Ms.Deppschitz please ask friends & neighbors to contribute as well. I'll even help you get your donations to them. Perhaps, at the very least you & your's could hold them in your prayers. I've known many very poor people & they don't don't bring along a shotgun to solve there problems. Thank God that isn't a "symptom" of being poor", because in this economy we'd be hearing shots ring out all day & night.
aisha james February 26, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Nancy are you serious. How many people have sympathy for other poor people including the many of african americans who are in there for lesser crimes and sometimes innocent. Save it.
Katie February 26, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Aishsa - how about YOU save it? How many African Americans walk into court and plead guilty? Not many that I know. They want to blame 'it' on slavery, discimmination, etc. Makes it hard to listen to pleas of innocence. When you take the blame when it's approriate, maybe I'll listen to something else. More excuses have been made for African Americans than anyone else in this country. You've had enough support.
CP February 26, 2013 at 08:46 PM
Retarded is the same as handicapped, special needs blah blah blah.....I'm not PC. Never have never will. So i stick by my statement that he is retarded.
Katie February 26, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Heu Jim - So I made a typo. I can guarantee you ONE thing: the family didn't misinterpret my financial contributions to their situation. What did you do for them? My boys go to PHHS with him and are in special ed. I do have a lot of comments, moron. I am close to the fire PLUS my son was in that cafeteria.
Katie February 26, 2013 at 08:50 PM
Folks - the only reason he is not charged with murder is because no one died. That is the difference. People DIE even with the best medical care just like they are NOT DEAD with the best medical care. Stop putting extras on the fact that the victim didn't die. I guess if it's attempted murder and it doesn't requrie a whole lot of medical intervention then somehow the sentence should be lower?
Katie February 26, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Jeanne - to be a killer, you must actually, in fact, KILL someone. No one died here.
Katie February 26, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Gregg, Kimberly - No member of the press misrepresented the victim. HE IS a special needs student. He has Downs Syndrome. His parents have no problem describing him as a 7 year old mentally, and that's more graphic than the news reports.
Katie February 26, 2013 at 08:54 PM
Ashley - I studied psychology in college too and neither one of us played a Psychiatrist on TV either that I know of so please stop the pop psychology diatribe. Robert has only been seen on TV in a mug shot and some other information in court. Even a trained psychologist wouldn't have the balls for a diagnosis with that little smidgeon of information.
NottinghamFamily February 26, 2013 at 08:58 PM
There's no connection between PC and educated in your case CP. Retarded is not the same as special needs at all. I have a child with Autism and his IQ is quite high. You're just using the word for its shock value. The technical medical term for anyone possessing an IQ under 70 is considered mentally retarded. I have blind friends and they are not retarded at all. In fact, they work in government and the media and have excellent IQs. They have a handicap, but it is an inability to see. You sound very foolish when you make statements like this and being "PC" has nothing to do with it.
CP February 26, 2013 at 09:03 PM
Sorry if i can't keep up with the trendy "progressive" labels. God forbid anyone be offended and have their feelings hurt! Oh the horror!
FIFA February 26, 2013 at 09:08 PM
CP = idiot comes to mind as well. Not PC, but accurate.
CP February 26, 2013 at 09:10 PM
Speaking of retards!
Jeanne February 28, 2013 at 02:24 AM
Katie you are correct no one died but Bobby is still a killer to many people.


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