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Hagerstown man sentenced in kidnapping

January 07, 1997

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - A Hagerstown man who kidnapped his teen-aged girlfriend and held her hostage during a chase and standoff with police was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison.

David M. Norment, 38, was also sentenced by U.S. District Marvin J. Garbis to five years supervised release, said U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Beth Gesner.

Norment faced a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Norment had pleaded guilty in September to kidnapping and firearm charges.

He was arrested north of Martinsburg, W.Va., in January after kidnapping his 15-year-old girlfriend, whose name has not been released by authorities.

Prosecutors said Norment kidnapped the girl in Middletown and held her hostage at gunpoint while officers chased him across the West Virginia border on Interstate 81.

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He was eventually arrested after tractor-trailer drivers who had heard about the chase forced him off the road, leading to a three-hour standoff with police.

Investigators said Norment suffered from mental problems and had been in trouble with the law in the past.

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