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Judge warns abuse victim at boyfriend's sentencing

April 22, 1999

A Hagerstown man who has resumed his relationship with the girlfriend he admitted beating during a Christmas Eve argument was given an 18-month suspended sentence Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Adam Nathan Davies, 19, formerly of 336 South St., was ordered to enroll in a batterer's program and to obtain drug and alcohol education. Circuit Judge Donald Beachley also placed him on probation for three years and fined him $245.

To the victim, Elisa Harpster, Beachley issued a warning.

"If you remain in that relationship, you are at risk," Beachley said.

Harpster said the incident happened because they were living together and were too young.

"I think Adam is changing his life," she said. "He is going to school and working now."

On Dec. 24, Hagerstown City Police were called to 336 South St. where they found Harpster crying. She told the officer she had confronted Davies about cheating on her and a fight ensued.

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"She had bruising on her neck, a cut on her elbow and bruises on her arms," said Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Gina Cirincion.

In his report in the court records, the police officer also said there were shoe marks on her back indicating she had been kicked.

Defense attorney Wiley Rutledge said substance abuse and depression are at play in Davies' life. He said Davies is living at home with his parents.

"I'm sorry," Davies said. "I'm really serious about treatment."

In exchange for the plea to second-degree assault, a charge of first-degree assault was dropped.

- Marlo Barnhart

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