Man who assaulted, robbed 85-year-old gets 18 months

December 12, 2000

Man who assaulted, robbed 85-year-old gets 18 months

By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer

Jesse Lee Talbott was sentenced to serve 18 months in jail Tuesday for the second-degree assault of an 85-year-old woman on a downtown Hagerstown street last May.

In a letter to Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell, the victim's daughter wrote of the impact the crime has had on her mother, who was pushed down and robbed of her purse.

"He turned my mother from a feisty lady into a frightened old woman," the letter said. The judge read parts of the letter in open court.

Talbott, 20, was originally sentenced to seven years in prison for the crime but McDowell suspended 5 1/2 years.

"This was pleaded down from robbery to second-degree assault," McDowell said. "But the court needs to take all this into account."


The incident occurred at 1:30 p.m. May 14 in the 100 block of South Potomac Street, Hagerstown City Police said.

Talbott, of 208 S. Prospect St., Apt. 2, was charged with robbery shortly after the incident.

Several neighbors witnessed the attack and called police with a description, police said. Officers spotted a man matching the description in the 100 block of West Antietam Street.

After a brief foot chase, Talbott was apprehended by Sgt. Mark Holtzman in the 200 block of South Prospect Street five minutes after the robbery, police said.

The woman's purse was recovered intact, police said. The woman, who lives at Potomac Towers, didn't require medical treatment.

Talbott's grandmother told McDowell Tuesday that she was shocked and disgusted when she learned of his crime.

"I let him stay in jail for five weeks ... I wouldn't relent," Talbott's grandmother said.

She described her grandson as a good person who made a bad decision that day. "He is so ashamed," she said.

Talbott asked McDowell if he could write a letter of apology to the victim.

McDowell said no, noting that the victim has made it clear she wants no contact with Talbott.

The judge ordered Talbott to get drug treatment. He also ordered him to pay a $250 fine once he is released on two years' probation.

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