Woman pleads guilty in spitting incident

July 15, 1997


Staff Writer

A Hagerstown woman pleaded guilty to second-degree assault Monday in Washington County Circuit Court, admitting she spat on a jail official last March during a melee.

Candace Renee Jackson, 29, turned and apologized to Cpl. Daryl Long. "I just lost my head," Jackson said.

Judge Frederick C. Wright III sentenced Jackson to 18 months in prison, gave her credit for four months already served and suspended the balance of the sentence.

Placing her on probation for two years, Wright warned that she has a lot of time hanging over her head if she doesn't behave.


He was referring to the 14-month sentence he imposed and an eight-year sentence for possession of cocaine imposed and suspended by Circuit Judge John H. McDowell in 1994.

According to Assistant State's Attorney Arthur Rozes, there was a disturbance on the women's tier at the Washington County Detention Center on March 18.

Correctional officers responded to the confrontation between Jackson and another woman and were separating them, Rozes said.

While the other woman apparently quieted down, Jackson continued to be loud and confrontational, Rozes said.

Long, the supervisor on the shift, assisted in carrying Jackson down a flight of stairs, Rozes said.

At one point, Jackson turned and spit in Long's face, Rozes said.

Long, who was in court Monday, said it was the first time he had ever had someone spit on him.

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