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Cop assault gets man 6 years

August 31, 2000

Cop assault gets man 6 years



A Hagerstown man was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday for assaulting a Hagerstown City Police officer last January.

Harry H. Branche III, 36, of Hagerstown, has been in the Washington County Detention Center since the Jan. 14 incident at 1032 Noland Drive, court records said.

Police were called there for reports of a domestic disturbance, court records said. When police arrived, there was a chase.

When caught, Branche resisted and assaulted Officer Brian Hook, who received minor injuries, court records said. Branche was also charged with resisting arrest.

"It was quite a struggle," said Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Duane Gigeous who acknowledged that he would have no case against Branche if he hadn't assaulted the police officer.

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The victim in the original domestic dispute was uncooperative and left Maryland to go to Florida before a previous court date, Gigeous said.

Branche's prior criminal history goes back to 1986 and includes nine convictions. He is on parole on drug charges and a parole retake warrant is on file at the detention center.

"I wanted to apologize to the police but he's not here," Branche said Tuesday.

Judge Kennedy Boone imposed a 10-year sentence for second-degree assault, suspending all but six years.

He then imposed a 20-year sentence for resisting arrest and again suspended all but six years, which he ordered be served concurrently.

Probation will be for three years.

- Marlo Barnhart

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