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Man gets 10 years in assault

June 03, 2000|By MARLO BARNHART

A Hagerstown man was sentenced in Washington County Circuit Court Thursday to 10 years in prison for an attack last summer in the Ames parking lot on Dual Highway.

Jeremiah Daniel Benedict, 22, of the 200 block of Fairground Avenue, was convicted by a jury of second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, according to court records.

The jury, which deliberated less than 30 minutes, found Benedict not guilty of first-degree assault.

Judge Fred Wright imposed the maximum 10-year sentence for the assault, merging the reckless endangerment into that sentence.

A police investigation revealed that on Aug. 29, Hagerstown City Police were called to the parking lot at 12:29 a.m. and found the victim, Shad Hugh Myers, then 19, of State Line, Pa., on the ground being tended by rescue personnel.

Unable to speak and only semi-conscious, Myers had a wound on the back of his head that was bleeding.

Witnesses told police that earlier in the night a man got out of an older model Cadillac with temporary Pa. tags, approached Myers and asked him, "Do you have a problem?"

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The suspect then reportedly punched Myers in the face with his fist, sending him to the pavement where he struck his head on the hard surface, court records said.

Myers was taken to Washington County Hospital where he remained for about a week, court records said.

Police interviewed more witnesses who came forward and said the attacker was Jeremiah Benedict, court records said.

A check at Benedict's home on Fairground Avenue turned up the car, but no one answered the door, court records said.

Myers testified at Thursday's trial but Benedict didn't take the stand.

Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Joe Michael was the prosecutor on the case. Greg Hannigan was the defense attorney.

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