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Woman given suspended sentence in attack

February 06, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

Woman given suspended sentence in attack

A Hagerstown woman who cursed, threatened and pointed a rifle at police and juvenile authorities last September was given a five-year suspended prison sentence Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court.

After hearing the description of Loretta Pompell's behavior on Sept. 25, 1997, Judge Kennedy Boone asked her if she was drinking alcohol at the time.

Pompell, 40, said no. "I just went crazy that day," she said.

In exchange for a guilty plea to second-degree assault, a charge of first-degree assault was dismissed.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Arthur Rozes said Hagerstown City Police accompanied Department of Juvenile Services caseworkers to Pompell's 344 South St. home to serve a juvenile petition on one of her sons and remove him from the home.

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"Pompell came charging out, yelling and cursing and saying they weren't going to take the boy," Rozes said.

Pompell left the room, threatening to get a gun, Rozes said. She returned with a rifle and pointed at the officer and the caseworker.

"At that point, she was tackled by one of her older sons," Rozes said. She was sprayed with mace and handcuffed, yet managed to kick at the police officer and threaten to kill the judge who ordered her son picked up, Rozes said.

"She was her own worst enemy," said Steve Kessell, attorney for Pompell, noting that she spent four days in jail. "It was pure anger."

Since the incident, Pompell has been cooperative with the authorities working with her and her son, Kessell said.

"I love my boys," Pompell said, explaining she's been a single mom for 12 years.

Boone described her as a mother bear protecting her cubs but pointed out that the police were just doing their job that day.

He placed her on unsupervised probation for three years and ordered her to perform 50 hours of community service.

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