By MARLO BARNHART
James Eugene Ahalt Jr. said Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court he wished he could apologize in person to the woman he robbed last June.
But the victim wasn't present at Ahalt's Tuesday hearing, at which he pleaded guilty to one count of robbery.
"I'm really sorry," said Ahalt, 23. "I need treatment for drugs and alcohol."
Judge John H. McDowell sentenced Ahalt to 18 months in the Washington County Detention Center and authorized treatment in the Jail Substance Abuse Program (JSAP).
"You're at the crossroads of your life," McDowell told the Hagerstown man.
Deputy Washington County State's Attorney Charles Strong said the June 1 robbery occurred at 10:14 a.m. in a parking lot off the first block of South Potomac Street.