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Benedict gets suspended sentence for role in brawl

March 15, 2001

Benedict gets suspended sentence for role in brawl



With one brother in jail and another in prison, a Hagerstown man told Washington County Circuit Judge Donald Beachley that his most recent brush with the law has opened his eyes.

Steven Scott Benedict, of 111 Elizabeth St., Apt. 6, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree assault and was given a 30-month suspended sentence.

"Do you want your children raised by someone else?" Beachley asked.

Benedict apologized, telling the judge he was at the wrong place and with the wrong people - his brothers - that night in December 1999 in the Ames parking lot on the Dual Highway.

The Benedict brothers got into a verbal argument with another group of men and a physical fight began.

Steven Benedict admitted he punched Adolfo Hernandez of Hagerstown during the melee.

Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Arthur Rozes told Beachley that Hernandez corroborated Steven Benedict's story that others are being prosecuted for inflicting the more serious injuries on Dec. 11, 1999, at 11:50 p.m.

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Defense attorney Michael Nehring said it was a mutual affray.

"Steven didn't start it and he didn't have the baseball bat," Nehring said.

Beachley placed Benedict on three years probation and ordered him to abstain from drugs and alcohol and take an anger management course.

- Marlo Barnhart

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