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Man pleads to assault charge

March 01, 2000

A man implicated in a May 20 robbery and carjacking pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of second-degree assault.

Judge Frederick Wright sentenced Terrance Maurice Foster, 27, to three years in prison.

Foster, formerly of Noland Drive, also had been charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, obstructing and hindering police, and for an unrelated theft charge stemming from a pair of shoes taken from Super Shoes, court records said.

Those charges were dropped Wednesday in exchange for the guilty plea.

On May 20, Hagerstown City Police received a report of a stolen car from Noland Village.

The victim told police he let a friend borrow his car on May 19, but that friend later let others drive the car. When the man wanted his car back the next day, he said he was punched and kicked in the head and left on the side of the road, court records said.

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Foster's plea Wednesday included an admission that he delivered one blow during the incident.

While city police were investigating that crime, the Washington County Sheriff's Department was investigating a May 20 hit-and-run accident involving the same car.

Police interviewed the victim on May 21 and later spotted a man getting into a van with New York license plates. As police approached, the man fled on foot and got away, court records said.

"A man named 'Lou' is the person we believe is more culpable in this crime," said Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Gina Cirincion.

That person has yet to be identified positively and located, she said.

"He only met Lou that day," defense attorney John Chillas said for his client.

Foster, who is on parole in New York, was given credit for nine months he has been in jail awaiting trial.

- Marlo Barnhart

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