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City man sentenced in assault incidents

April 12, 2001

City man sentenced in assault incidents



By MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown man who admitted assaulting two women last year in separate incidents was sentenced Thursday to one year in the Washington County Detention Center.

Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell authorized David Alan Wargolet, 44, of 26 High St., to attend the Jail Substance Abuse Program at the jail.

In the first incident on Aug. 6 at 2 a.m., Deborah Spessard told Hagerstown City Police that she was assaulted by Wargolet in the first block of North Walnut Street.

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Spessard, of 139 Summit Ave., said he hit her in the head with his closed fist outside a bar. Her injuries required stitches, court records said.

When confronted, Wargolet told police Spessard hit him first, court records said.

The second incident involved Deborah A. Heuer, of 1350 Jay Drive, who first spoke to police at the emergency room at Washington County Hospital on Nov. 10, court records said.

Heuer said she met a man she knew as Dave at a bar and agreed to go to his residence on High Street, court records said.

She said they drank beer and watched television for a while but then Wargolet "flipped out" for no reason and tried to hit her in the head with a board, court records said.

Wargolet then punched her in the face, mouth and chest with his fist and began to choke her, claiming he was an ex-Marine and could choke her to death, court records said.

Heuer said Wargolet tied her up and took her shoes to keep her from leaving before passing out on top of her, court records said.

The next morning, Wargolet awoke at 8 a.m. and asked Heuer what happened, court records said.

She told police she got her shoes and left.

Wargolet pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of second-degree assault. A false imprisonment charge was dropped in exchange for the pleas.

McDowell sentenced him to one year for each conviction but made the sentences concurrent.

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