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Man found guilty of assault

November 19, 1997

Man found guilty of assault

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

A Washington County Circuit Court jury returned a verdict of guilty to one count of second-degree assault Monday in the trial of a man accused of robbing and beating a woman in downtown Hagerstown last summer.

The jury also found Timothy Shawn Hughes not guilty of robbery and theft charges, according to court records. Charges of first-degree assault, possession of marijuana and reckless endangerment had been dismissed earlier.

Hughes, 37, of 1030 C Kuhn Ave., was sentenced to one year and one day in jail. Judge John H. McDowell gave him credit for time served, court records said.

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Jail officials said Hughes has a detainer from the Maryland Division of Correction on a parole violation for which he has four years in backup time on a 1988 armed robbery, court records said.

While on bicycle patrol on Franklin Street at 3 a.m. July 11, Hagerstown City Police Sgt. Margaret Kline heard a woman screaming and spotted a man apparently assaulting a woman behind Wareham Place, court records said.

The man fled when Kline approached, but was caught a short time later in Court Place behind Hagerstown Trust Co., court records said.

The victim told Kline that Hughes put a rope around her neck and was trying to rob her when the officer approached. One dollar was taken from the woman, police reports said.

The woman, who had a mark on her neck, didn't require medical treatment, court records said.

John Salvatore was the defense attorney while Gina Cirincion handled the prosecution.

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