City man sentenced in shotgun blast case

March 12, 1997


Staff Writer

A Hagerstown man was sentenced Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to eight years in prison for a May 3 incident in which a woman slapped away a sawed-off shotgun pointed at her head just before it went off.

Floyd Edward Sears, 20, of the 300 block of Bethune Avenue, pleaded guilty in November to charges of assault and possession of a sawed-off shotgun.

Charges of armed robbery, assault with intent to rob, reckless endangerment, theft and battery were dropped in exchange for the pleas.


"This was a violent act - he almost killed a woman," said Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Arthur Rozes.

Defense attorney Michael Morrissette argued that the gun went off accidentally when Sears pulled it out that night.

Circuit Judge Darrow Glaser said that when a person carries a loaded weapon, there has to be consideration he is prepared to use it.

Cynthia Kay Edwards was treated at Washington County Hospital for a small cut on her head, police reports said.

Glaser ordered Sears to pay restitution of $137.

Edwards told Hagerstown City Police she was in her Noland Drive home at 9:30 p.m. on May 3 when she discovered five men in her kitchen.

One of the men asked if her boyfriend had been released from jail. She told them he wasn't home and ordered the men to leave, police reports said.

Sears pulled a sawed-off shotgun from his jacket, grabbed her by the hair, forced her to the floor and pointed the barrel of the gun at her head, telling her to give him her money, police reports said.

Edwards slapped the gun aside as it went off, police reports said. She gave the robber $85 and the men left, police reports said.

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