An attempt to waive a 17-year-old armed robbery suspect back to juvenile court Tuesday failed in Washington County Circuit Court.
Sam Christopher Hacker, of Baltimore, was returned to the Washington County Detention Center to await trial in the Jan. 5 armed robbery of the Conococheague Grocery near Clear Spring.
Rodney Bulls, a Department of Juvenile Justice caseworker from Baltimore City, told Judge Fred Wright that Hacker has had problems in the past with inhalants, especially spray paint.
"It dulls comprehension and understanding, destroying brain cells,'' Bulls said, referring to Hacker's addiction.
For that reason, Hacker was seeking to remain in the juvenile system where he could receive treatment in a secure institutional setting.