A Cambridge, Md., man entered an Alford plea to a robbery charge Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court, refusing to admit to the May 7 crime.
Judge Fred Wright sentenced Michael Wheatley, 24, to two years in prison. A charge of assault was dropped in exchange for the plea.
Under an Alford plea, a defendant acknowledges the state could produce evidence to gain a conviction, but does not admit guilt.
Deputy Washington County State's Attorney Charles Strong said Jerry Desjardins, the victim of the robbery, told Hagerstown City Police he was walking with his wife in the 100 block of West Church Street at 3:14 a.m. on May 7 when a man approached.