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Woman gets 3 years in assault

June 14, 1999

A prison term of three years was levied June 10 against a Hagerstown woman charged in a January robbery, assault and unrelated felony theft in Washington County Circuit Court.

Jacqueline Ann Taylor, 29, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree assault, court records said.

In sentencing, Circuit Judge John H. McDowell gave Taylor credit for 145 days she has spent in jail awaiting trial. All other charges were dropped.

She had been charged with robbery, attempted robbery, theft and second-degree assault at the Rite Aid on Hillcrest Avenue and two additional felony theft charges for taking two kerosene heaters from the Sears Department Store on Northern Avenue.

Both incidents were on Jan. 16.

Taylor was apprehended by Hagerstown City Police about an hour after the 9 a.m. Rite Aid robbery in downtown Hagerstown.

At 9:04 a.m., a woman entered the store and placed a pack of cigarettes on the counter, court records said. As the clerk rang up the cigarettes, the woman placed her hand under her coat, pointed it at the clerk and demanded money, court records said.

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The clerk didn't believe the woman and again asked the woman for money for the cigarettes, court records said.

At that point, the woman assaulted the clerk and demanded money from the register, court records said.

When the manager came to the counter, the woman fled the store taking the pack of cigarettes, court records said.

- Marlo Barnhart

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