Prosecutors wasted no time getting an accused Fawn Township home-invasion robber to court, despite the fact that Bradford S. Holup has nothing but time on his hands.
That's because even though Holup must spend life in prison in Maryland, interstate laws give York County only 180 days to convict him and return him to that state.
Holup appeared in York County Court on Monday, where he waived his formal court arraignment on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, robbery and burglary for the 1:30 a.m. Oct. 20, 2011, robbery at the home of William and Connie Cooper in the first block of Park Drive.
Holup, 50, of Baltimore, allegedly shot William Cooper in the chest during the robbery. Cooper survived; he was 66 at the time.
Holup told police he committed the home invasion to steal a car, which he intended to use to rob a pharmacy, according to charging documents.
York County prosecutors in June announced they were filing charges against Holup. That's because Holup confessed to the Fawn Grove home invasion while being interviewed about another crime by Baltimore County Police in Maryland, according to charging documents.
But getting Holup to York County to answer those charges took some time.
Waiting game: Before he could be extradited here, Holup's pending criminal cases in Maryland needed to be resolved, according to chief deputy prosecutor Tim Barker.
Holup was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to attempted homicide for a Baltimore County armed home-invasion robbery in Maryland during which a victim was shot. A second case, in which he was charged with attempted escape, was dropped, Barker said.
Holup was first made available for extradition to York County on Feb. 22, the prosecutor said. York County sheriff's deputies retrieved Holup March 8 and committed him to York County Prison.
On March 19, Barker filed a motion asking for permission to bypass Holup's preliminary hearing. The motion was granted by Common Pleas Judge Craig T. Trebilcock.
Clock ticking: Barker said he wants to move quickly on the case because the prosecutorial time clock is ticking. An interstate agreement on prisoners gives him just 180 days to resolve Holup's case, he said.
"The regular flow of the system does not meet the incredibly short ... (time) clock," Barker said.
However, it's possible Holup won't stand trial at all.
"We're hopeful for a non-trial resolution," Barker said, meaning a plea agreement. "Mr. Holup has been cooperative with authorities."
In fact, Holup wasn't even a suspect in the Fawn Grove home invasion until he confessed to it.
Ex-girlfriend: Police initially arrested Maryland resident Mason Carter, then 17, for the crime, based on the statements of Cassie Jo Heath.
She is a former girlfriend of Carter's, according to defense attorney Korey Leslie.
Carter spent nearly eight months in prison before investigators realized they'd arrested the wrong person.
Heath, 27, of Whiteford, Md., remains charged with making false reports and other offenses.
Close call? "We don't at this point know why she did what she did," Barker said. "What I'm most thankful for is that Mr. Holup came forward when he did, because we had a strong case against Mason."
There was no DNA or other forensics at the Coopers' home that would have exonerated Carter, according to Barker, and the teen's alibi couldn't be fully checked out.
"We're sorry that this happened to Mason," Barker said. "Nobody should have to go through what he went through."
-- Staff writer Liz Evans Scolforo can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.