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Judge suspends sentence in gun assault case

July 25, 1997

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

A Rohrersville man who pointed a loaded gun at an acquaintance in a liquor store parking lot on Feb. 23 was given a five-year suspended sentence Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Terry Wayne Shaff, 32, of 2802 Shaff Road, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and carrying a deadly weapon.

Judge Kennedy Boone imposed a concurrent 18-month sentence for the weapon conviction and ordered Shaff to perform 50 hours of community service and pay $1,025 in fine and court costs during the first year of his three years of probation.

The gun was forfeited.

Boone ordered substance abuse treatment despite Shaff's contention that he doesn't have a problem.

According to Deputy State's Attorney Charles Strong, Shaff's prior record includes convictions for drunken driving and possession of illegal drugs.

The Feb. 23 incident occurred at 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Hillside Liquor Store on U.S. 340, when a confrontation arose over a stolen dirt bike, Strong said.

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Shaff pulled a gun from his pants pocket and pointed it at the head of the victim, Strong said. He then left the scene.

Witnesses called the Washington County Sheriff's Department and Deputy Todd Kerns responded. Armed with a description of Shaff's car, police located him around 9:28 p.m. and he was arrested.

At that time, three hours after the incident with the gun, Shaff's blood alcohol level was .21, more than twice the legal intoxication level in Maryland, Strong said.

A loaded .22-caliber handgun was found in his pocket, Strong said.

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