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City man found guilty in robbery case

June 14, 1997

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

A Washington County Circuit Court jury found Darrell Andre Shanton of Hagerstown guilty Thursday of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and transporting a handgun in an October incident at a Sharpsburg bank.

After five hours of deliberation, he was found not guilty of attempted armed robbery and attempted robbery.

Shanton, 24, of the 400 block of Park Place, was ordered held at the Washington County Detention Center until a criminal records check can be completed, according to Assistant State's Attorney Duane Gigeous.

That record includes an armed robbery conviction in Baltimore and a 1993 conviction for unlawful wounding, court records said.

Shanton also has at least two aliases known to authorities, authorities said at the time of his arrest Oct. 28.

Then in March, police in Martinsburg, W.Va., arrested Shanton in connection with a Feb. 25 incident in Hagerstown in which several shots were fired at a man.

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Shanton was charged in that case with first-degree assault, conspiracy to commit first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and carrying a concealed weapon with intent to injure in that case, police said.

Shanton is accused of tossing a gun to another man after the victim, Antonio Mooney, knocked it out of his hand. Court records allege he also chased Mooney with a long-barrel weapon.

Shanton had been free on bond in connection with the Oct. 28 bank incident.

The other two defendants in the bank case, Julian D. Pace, 22, of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Paul L. Jackson, 27, of Lancaster, Pa., are still awaiting trial.

The trio was arrested Oct. 28 after the Washington County Sheriff's Department received a call reporting suspicious activity at the rear parking lot of the Washington County National Bank in Sharpsburg.

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