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Washington County court briefs

May 03, 2002

County man receives suspended sentence


A Washington County man pleaded guilty to second-degree assault Thursday and received a two-year suspended sentence from Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick Wright.

Charges of robbery, first-degree assault and theft of less than $500 against Bradley Joseph Ebersole, 22, of 13834A Maugansville Road were dropped in exchange for his plea.

Police allege that Ebersole and a friend beat and robbed another man in a dispute over drugs Dec. 1.

Wright placed Ebersole on unsupervised probation.

Man enters Alford plea to endangerment count


A Hagerstown man entered an Alford plea to a charge of reckless endangerment and was sentenced to four years in prison, with all but eight months suspended by Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick Wright Thursday.

First-degree assault, second-degree assault and wearing or carrying a weapon with intent to injure charges against Walter Lee Johnson, 48, of 652 W. Washington St., Apt. 3, were dropped as a part of the plea agreement.

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Hagerstown City Police alleged that Johnson slashed Robert Howard Strother III, 47, several times in front of 9 W. Franklin St. in December with a box cutter.

Under an Alford plea, a defendant acknowledges that the prosecution has enough evidence to obtain a conviction, but does not admit guilt.

Man gets probation after entering guilty plea

David Thomas Burkett, 19, of Washington County, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault Thursday and was sentenced to probation before judgment by Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick Wright.

Deputies said a woman who was beaten the night before the July 25, 2001, incident was taking refuge in Burkett's room at Motel 6 in Halfway.

The woman's boyfriend went to the room and the men got into an argument that turned violent, deputies said.

The Washington County Special Response Team was called in because weapons were thought to be the room. Police later found a rifle.

- Kimberly Yakowski

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