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Man sentenced in burglary, awaits murder trial

December 02, 1997

Man sentenced in burglary, awaits murder trial

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

A Hagerstown man who is awaiting trial on a murder charge was sentenced Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to five years in prison for an unrelated burglary.

David Paul Paschall Sr., 23, pleaded guilty Aug. 12 to a charge of third-degree burglary in connection with a March 25 incident at a home at 17836 College Road, court records said.

Originally charged with burglary, felony theft and destruction of property, Paschall could have faced up to 10 years in prison Tuesday.

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More than $1,000 worth of clothing, video games and pagers were taken from the home, along with nearly $500 in cash. All but the cash was recovered at a home on Hayes Avenue, according to Trooper 1st Class Mike Potter of the Maryland State Police.

While out awaiting trial on the burglary charge, Paschall was implicated in the death of Matthew Roy Hovis, 25, of Waynesboro, Pa., who was shot to death on Aug. 25 behind 23 E. Washington St.

Jerome Bernard Lockley, 18, of the 200 block of Ross Street, also was arrested in that slaying. Both have been in the Washington County Detention Center since Aug. 26, charged with first-degree murder, felony murder, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, police said.

Hovis was found lying face up in the parking lot at the rear of the Adult Book Store, Hagerstown City Police said. He had been shot once in the head.

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