Former Harford County Sheriff’s Office Major Mark Forwood was sentenced to 18 months in Baltimore County jail Wednesday on charges of theft and misconduct in office, the closing act in a nearly year-long investigation into the county’s once-top investigator.
Forwood was sentenced to six years in prison with all but 18 months suspended, to be served in the Baltimore County Detention Center, on a felony charge of theft between $1,000 and $10,000 and a misdemeanor charge of improper conduct in office, according to court records. He will also face three years of supervised probation following his release.
Forwood on Monday pled guilty in Harford County District Court to a charge of theft under $1,000 in connection with a second incident in late November in which he was accused of shoplifting from Home Depot in Bel Air. He was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in jail on that charge, with all but six suspended. Those six months will be served concurrently with his prison term in the other case, according to court records.
Gus Brown, Forwood’s attorney, explained the sentences handed down to his client:
“An opportunity arose today to get all his charges resolved. He pled guilty to the Circuit Court charges of theft and misconduct in office. Judge Emory Plitt accepted the plea this morning and sentenced Forwood to 6 years in the [Department of Corrections] with all but 18 months suspended. He is ordered to serve the 18 months time at the Baltimore County Detention Center. He has friends and colleagues in the Harford County Detention Center, so the judge didn’t want anyone doing Forwood favors or being harder on him than other inmates. He allowed work release or home detention in the future but that’s up to the [Baltimore] County regulations. The Judge cannot order it be granted.”
“In the District Court case in Harford County for shoplifting, Judge Hazlett imposed a sentence of 18 months with all but 6 months suspended and will allow him to serve it in Baltimore County while he’s serving Judge Plitt’s sentence. Some think that this is not an additional sentence to serve it concurrently with the first sentence – but although that’s in part correct, the additional time makes him at risk to significant additional time if he violates probation and it enhances an additional sentence should he ever be so foolish as to violate the law again.”
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Forwood is scheduled to begin serving his term at noon on Thursday. He will be eligible for home detention and work release.
As part of the judgment against him Forwood was ordered to pay $5,269.00 in restitution to Home Depot and an additional $3,246.65 to Best Buy.
The Dagger first reported in April that the veteran officer had been suspended with pay pending an investigation into then-undisclosed offenses. He was formally charged with the more serious theft count and misconduct in office on Nov. 1, the day before Sheriff Jesse Bane, who hand-picked him to head the department’s investigative unit, won re-election in the general election.
Forwood was fired Nov. 30, two days after he was arrested for stealing items from the Home Depot store in Bel Air.