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Man gets 50 years on drug, assault charges

November 28, 1998

A Hagerstown man was sentenced Tuesday to 50 years in prison after a Washington County Circuit Court jury found him guilty of two major drug offenses and assaults on two Hagerstown City Police officers.

Donathan Wayne Cooper, 42, of the first block of Murph Avenue, received a 20-year sentence for distribution of cocaine, a 20-year consecutive sentence for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and a 10-year consecutive sentence for the second-degree assault of Officer Christopher Kayser.

Judge Kennedy Boone imposed a 10-year concurrent sentence for the second-degree assault of Detective Mark Holtzman, according to court records.

The June 30 incident occurred on Jonathan Street when Cooper sold cocaine to a confidential informant, court records said.

Kayser was the first police officer on the scene and when he approached Cooper, he was struck by several blows, court records said.

Holtzman came to assist and was hit in the face by Cooper's closed fist, court records said.

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Cooper was wrestled to the ground and taken into custody.

- Marlo Barnhart

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