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Drug charge sends man back to finish 5-year prison sentence

December 12, 2000

Drug charge sends man back to finish 5-year prison sentence



By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer


After getting out of a 1998 domestic violence prison sentence early, Mickey Lee Mankins was picked up earlier this year on a drug charge.

The new offense has sent the 35-year-old Hagerstown man back to prison to finish his original five-year term for second-degree assault, according to Washington County Circuit Judge Kennedy Boone.

Mankins appeared Monday before Boone, who had imposed the original five-year sentence two years ago.

While serving that sentence, Mankins petitioned for a modification.

"He came back to court seeking to have that sentence modified and I granted the request," Boone said from his chambers late Monday.

On July 29, 2000, Mankins was stopped in the first block of North Potomac Street on a routine traffic stop. A K-9 check of his vehicle revealed the presence of marijuana and Mankins was charged.

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Part of his probation agreement had been that he would break no laws. The outcome of his drug charge wasn't available Monday.

Two years ago at trial, Mankins insisted to Boone that the victim, his live-in girlfriend Brenda Duran, hit her head on the door frame when she stumbled during a drunken argument the couple had at 10:06 p.m. in their apartment Jan. 30, 1998.

"I didn't hit her," Mankins said.

When Boone asked Duran to tell him what happened, she said Mankins slammed her head into the door.

Police became involved in the incident when the victim's daughter ran out of the house and stopped a passing officer, telling him she pushed Mankins out of the home after she saw him hit her mother, according to court records.

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