City teen flips table in courtroom

June 06, 2002|by KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

A Hagerstown teenager flipped a table across the courtroom and struggled with deputies during a disposition hearing Wednesday after a judge refused to send him home.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, found the 16-year-old male to be delinquent on May 22 for escaping from the Potomac Ridge treatment center.

The youth was sent to the treatment center after he slammed a 6-year-old against a Dumpster in 2000, according to Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Michelle Flores.


On Wednesday, social workers recommended that the juvenile be released to live with his mother and placed on probation.

"That would be rewarding bad behavior," Flores said.

Defense Attorney Michael Morrisette said the juvenile has grown up in a broken home and has never had a sense of normalcy.

He said if the juvenile was released, he would live with his mother, who has recently straightened out her life.

His father would have visitation rights, he said.

Beachley commended the teenager's mother for getting her life together, but he decided a youth center was the best place for the boy.

Upon hearing Beachley's ruling, the teenager grabbed the edge of the conference table in front of him and threw it across the room. The table contained a pitcher of water and Morrissette's files.

Deputies rushed to the teenager and pushed him against the wall. The juvenile continued to thrash until a deputy threatened to spray him with pepper spray.

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