Teen gets 18 months for role in carjacking

April 28, 1999|By MARLO BARNHART

A teenager who admitted luring an intended carjacking victim to his attacker last summer was sentenced to serve 18 months in jail Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Zoe Elizabeth Currin, 18, of 12022 Heather Drive, has been in the Washington County Detention Center since last June.

In December, Currin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree assault in the incident last May that began in Hagerstown and ended in the mountains of North Carolina.

In exchange for her cooperation, charges of attempted first- and second-degree murder, armed carjacking, kidnapping, theft and conspiracy to commit kidnapping, armed carjacking and first- and second-degree murder were dropped, court records showed.

Co-defendant Matthew Ross Himelright was sentenced March 23 to serve 25 years in prison for armed carjacking.

Midway through Himelright's trial on Feb. 25, he entered an Alford plea to that charge, which carries a possible maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.


Under an Alford plea, a defendant acknowledges the prosecution has enough evidence to gain a conviction, but does not admit guilt.

Himelright, 21, of Stroudsburg, Pa., had also been charged with attempted first-and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, felony theft, kidnapping and reckless endangerment.

Police in Washington County began working with authorities in North Carolina last June 2, trying to learn more about Philip James Bean's claim that he was abducted from Hagerstown on May 31 and left for dead nearly 450 miles away.

Bean, 23, was treated for injuries in Asheville, N.C., and released the next day, according to Buncombe County sheriff's deputies.

Bean had been found near the town of Arden, N.C., bound with an elastic cord, a shirt over his head and bleeding from his neck, court records said.

Bean told deputies in North Carolina and later police in Washington County that he gave a ride to two women in Hagerstown on May 31, knowing only that one of them was named Michelle or Zoe.

As Bean and the two women drove around Hagerstown, two men were picked up and the five continued riding around in Bean's red Camaro and drinking beer until the passengers asked him to drive them to Florida.

When Bean refused, Himelright jumped him in the Smithsburg area and slit his throat using Bean's own knife, court records said.

Bean testified in February he was put into the back of his own car and driven for several hours into the mountains of North Carolina near the French Broad River.

Bean said he was beaten and left on the ground near water. He said he laid there for a while until he heard his car drive off and was able to get to the road and get help.

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