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Six months given for endangerment

March 19, 2001

Six months given for endangerment



Having spent six months in jail awaiting trial on attempted murder charges, a Clear Spring man pleaded guilty Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to two counts of reckless endangerment and was released from custody.

Shawn Keith Gift, 35, of 10190 Gift Road, was sentenced to four years in prison with all but six months suspended.

"Six months is about right," said Judge Don Beachley. "You need to put aside your anger."

Gift was accused of firing a shotgun and just missing his girlfriend, Pam Knotts, and her daughter after a Sept. 8 domestic dispute at Gift's home. He was charged with two counts each of attempted first-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and carrying a deadly weapon with intent to injure, according to Washington County District Court records.

He was held on $500,000 bond.

Beachley placed Gift on probation for five years and ordered an alcohol evaluation, no alcohol or drug use, anger management, no contact with the victims and no weapons for five years.

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- Marlo Barnhart

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