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Man sentenced for violation of probation

March 12, 1998

Man sentenced for violation of probation

A man who first came to the attention of Hagerstown City Police in 1995 for a knife-wielding incident was back in Washington County Circuit Court Tuesday for violation of probation.

Nicholas Brent Santarelli, 36, of Hagerstown, was sentenced to the Washington County Detention Center for six months. He was given credit for the time served since he was picked up in January.

The probation violation related to new offenses including a September conviction for assault and resisting arrest and a drunken driving conviction. He also was found to be drinking alcohol again.

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Santarelli told Circuit Judge John H. McDowell he had been off alcohol for 18 months before relapsing in February 1997.

In March 1995, Santarelli was found walking up and down Antietam Street stabbing garbage bags with a four-inch double-edged knife, according to court records.

When apprehended, he told police he was carrying the knife for protection, court records said.

Santarelli pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon in April 1996 and was placed on probation by then Judge Daniel Moylan, court records said.

In August 1997, Santarelli was given a suspended sentence for failing to get off the alcohol and drugs, court records said.

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