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Spitting incident draws six-month sentence

February 08, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

Spitting incident draws six-month sentence

A man who admitted spitting on a witness last November during a Washington County District Court hearing was given a six-month sentence Thursday in the same courtroom.

Charles Ardinger Spigler, 30, of Hagerstown, apologized to the court for his "unethical" act on Nov. 25.

"There was more to it than you know," Spigler told visiting Judge Milnor Roberts.

Spigler pleaded guilty to second-degree assault on Jason Shawn Kesner, a witness in a neighborhood dispute case in which Spigler was accused of destruction of property.

In November, Kesner was seated in the courtroom gallery as Judge Ralph France was about to pronounce a 13-month prison sentence on Spigler for bashing a windshield on a car last August with a crowbar.

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Spigler turned and spat on Kesner in full view of Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Doyle.

Kesner spoke out in court that day, saying "did you see that?" He sought charges later that day.

"Spigler has a lengthy and outrageous record," said Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Mark Wolfe. "But mostly, this was outrageous conduct in a courtroom in Washington County."

He asked for a three-year consecutive sentence, citing Spigler's prior offenses involving drugs, car theft, burglary and thefts in Maryland and Florida.

"Are you doing life on the installment plan?" Roberts asked Spigler.

"It seems I have a good start on that," Spigler said.

Spigler is serving a four-year prison sentence for violation of probation.

, plus the 13 months imposed consecutively in November for destruction of property, and now six more months imposed Thursday for spitting.

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