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Woman avoids jail in attack on ex-boyfriend

March 15, 2001

Woman avoids jail in attack on ex-boyfriend



Washington County Circuit Judge Donald Beachley handed down an 18-month suspended sentence and three years probation Tuesday to a woman who admitted threatening her ex-boyfriend with a torque wrench and then hitting him with her car.

Kristy Marie Wright, 26, of 1309 Jay Drive, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault. Beachley also ordered Wright to attend an anger management program during her probation.

"This was serious. You were in a car and you were angry," Beachley said, questioning the prosecution's recommendation for no jail time.

Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Arthur Rozes asked for leniency because Wright has no criminal record and the injuries to her ex-boyfriend, Reginald Cousins of Hagerstown, were relatively minor.

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"I'm sorry," Wright said. "I don't want to go to jail. I have three kids and I'm all they have."

Defense attorney Joanie Raymond told Beachley that Wright endured years of abuse from Cousins, who fathered two of her children.

"He ran around on her and she had just reached the breaking point that night," Raymond said.

On Sept. 12 at 11:51 p.m., Wright showed up in the 700 block of Salem Avenue to confront Cousins' new girlfriend, Rozes said.

Wright threw a torque wrench at Cousins but he ducked, Rozes said.

Fearing that Wright was going to damage his girlfriend's car, Cousins stood in front of it, Rozes said. Wright then ran her car into Cousins' knees.

- Marlo Barnhart

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