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Assault brings 5-year sentence

March 19, 2001

Assault brings 5-year sentence



A Hagerstown man who pleaded guilty to two assaults Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court was sentenced to five years in prison.

Joshua Valentine, 20, of 911J Main Ave., also admitted to driving while his license was suspended last April.

In a March 27, 1999, incident, Danielle Valentine, the defendant's wife, told police her husband was responsible for a large gash on the back of her head.

In a Feb. 8, 2000 incident, Valentine was confronted at Central City Liquors on West Washington Street by the owner and his wife, who accused him of stealing, Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Gina Cirincion said. During the confrontation, Valentine struck Abby Zombro of Hagerstown and caused her head to hit a pole, according to court records.

Defense attorney Joanie Raymond told Judge Don Beachley her client needs help with substance abuse and anger management.

Beachley told Valentine he can't solve problems with violence.

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The judge sentenced Valentine to 10 years in prison, with five suspended, for second-degree assault of his wife. A three-year term was levied for the other second-degree assault, but was also suspended.

A 90-day term for the driving while suspended was merged into the five years.

Restitution of $761.17 was ordered to cover medical expenses in the two assaults.

- Marlo Barnhart

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