Hagerstown man enters plea in shooting


One of three men charged with shooting a Hagerstown man four times on Central Avenue in November pleaded guilty to first-degree assault in Washington County Circuit Court Thursday.

A plea agreement for James McNair, 24, of the first block of Madison Avenue, was arranged in the chambers of Judge Donald Beachley Thursday morning.

In exchange for his plea, charges of attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and several handgun violations were dropped, court officials said.


McNair was charged last year with shooting Damion Maurice Womble.

Womble, 23, was found on the west sidewalk on the 300 block of Central Avenue near Salem Avenue with gunshot wounds to his right upper leg, right kneecap, front left hip and right middle finger, police said.

Womble was seen arguing with two men before the shooting, police said.

Womble was hospitalized for two weeks after the shooting.

Trials for two other men charged in the shooting were postponed Thursday.

James Albert Woods, 23, whose last known address was in the first block of East Franklin Street, and Steven Todd Bowie, 18, of West Antietam Street, were each charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and several handgun violations.

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