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Man sentenced in phone misuse

July 28, 1998

A Hagerstown man, found guilty of telephone misuse by a jury Monday, was sentenced to three years in prison by Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright.

Melvin Robinson Jr., 42, formerly of the 500 block of North Mulberry Street, was found not guilty of a charge of threatening arson.

The jury deliberated less than one hour before returning the two verdicts.

Testimony from the victim, Brad James, centered around 30 telephone calls made by Robinson during a five-day period in December 1997.

James testified that those phone calls included repeated threats by Robinson to burn down James' house at 12932 Salem Ave.

The motivation for the phone calls and the threats centered around the disputed ownership of a truck, court records said.

Robinson denied making the calls, court records said.

- Staff Writer Marlo Barnhart

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