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Man to serve five months for shooting rifle at juveniles

December 02, 1998

A Smithsburg man was sentenced Tuesday to serve five months in jail for a shooting incident last June in which he fired several rounds from a rifle at three juveniles.

Mark Allen Timmons, 38, of 13745 Frazier Road, pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court to two counts of reckless endangerment.

Judge Kennedy Boone sentenced Timmons to five years in prison, suspending all but five months of that term. Timmons was given credit for time served.

On June 17 at 5 p.m., three juveniles were working on a snowmobile near Timmons' mobile home, according to court records.

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Timmons came outside with a .22-caliber rifle, pointed it in their direction, and fired four or five shots, court records said.

Washington County Sheriff's deputies went to the scene after the shots were reported.

Timmons told deputies he was tired of the boys aggravating his son and that the three boys had made comments to him earlier in the day, court records said.

Boone ordered Timmons to have no contact with the victims. And the judge also ordered Timmons to possess no firearms.

Charges of first- and second-degree assault were dropped in exchange for the guilty pleas.

- Marlo Barnhart

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