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Man pleads guilty to assault charge

July 24, 1998

A 28-year-old Hagerstown man was ordered held without bond Thursday pending sentencing after pleading guilty to the second-degree assault of his wife during a domestic incident last November.

Gary Paul Myers, now of 16212 Mount Tabor Road, also was charged with leaving his three young children alone in a locked apartment that day, court records said.

That charge of confining unattended children was dismissed in exchange for pleading guilty to the assault charge, court records said.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald Beachley jailed Myers pending completion of a pre-sentence investigation.

On Nov. 2, 1997, Gary and Christy Myers were living at 647 S. Potomac St.

On that day, there was an argument that escalated into a physical confrontation resulting in injuries to Christy Myers' face, court records said.

The fight was apparently witnessed by the couple's three children, ages 1, 4 and 6, court records said.

After the incident, the wife left the apartment, telling Gary Myers she was going to work. Instead she went to Hagerstown City Police to report the assault.

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Based on her report and the evidence of trauma to her face, police went looking for Gary Myers at their apartment but found him walking on Memorial Boulevard before reaching the apartment.

He was alone, court records said.

Knowing there were three children in the family, police went to the couple's apartment and found the three children there unattended in the locked apartment, court records said.

Myers could face up to 10 years in prison for the second-degree assault.

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