Football celebration nets probation

February 22, 2000

Two men who were arrested after shots were fired Dec. 26 in celebration of the Washington Redskins victory over the San Francisco 49ers were granted probation before judgment Tuesday in Washington County District Court.

Robert W. Socks, 22, of 834 Spruce St., Hagerstown, and Mitchell Mason, 19, of 63 Broadway Apt. 6, Hagerstown both had been charged with reckless endangerment, discharging a firearm within city limits and hindering a police officer.

Socks pleaded guilty Tuesday to discharging a firearm and was fined $325 by Judge Ralph France. His weapons were forfeited for the one-year period of his probation.

"I know what I did was really stupid ... it won't happen again," Socks said.

Mason, who Hagerstown City Police found in Socks' attic, pleaded guilty to hindering a police officer.

Police responded to Socks' home just before midnight after getting calls from neighbors about shots being fired off the back porch.


Mason was fined $300 and placed on probation for one year.

All other charges against the two men were dismissed in exchange for the pleas.

Marlo Barnhart

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