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In court - log for October 18

October 18, 2002|by JULIE E. GREENE

Juvenile admits he had a role in attempted murder



A juvenile charged in connection with an attempted murder admitted Wednesday to being an accessory before the fact to first-degree assault, the prosecutor said.

The 15-year-old Hagerstown resident was sentenced to indefinite supervised probation in Juvenile Court by Washington County Circuit Court Judge Donald Beachley, said Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Steve Kessell.

The adult co-defendant, Chad Ryan Thomas, 18, of 30 E. Lee St., was charged with the attempted second-degree murder of a Hagerstown man in a fight over a juvenile prank, according to records in Washington County District Court.

Brandon Louis Stickley was stabbed in the left hand with a knife on Sept. 15 in the first block of East Lee Street, court records state.

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Thomas waived his preliminary hearing so his case could go to trial in Circuit Court, a District Court criminal clerk said.

Thomas was being held Thursday on $75,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center.

The teen admitted to the sole charge he faced, Kessell said. He was charged as an accessory because he went to get the weapon, knowing the situation, and gave the knife to Thomas, Kessell said.

The teen must do community service, has a curfew and can have no contact with Thomas or Stickley, Kessell said. The teen is living with a parent.

He did not have a prior criminal record, Kessell said.




Charges against Texas man on inactive docket



Charges against a Texas man who allegedly assaulted a police officer were placed on the inactive docket Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court, a prosecutor said.

Timothy Lee Warfield, 28, of Leander, Texas, was being brought to Washington County District Court on July 24 on charges stemming from a domestic dispute when he struggled with police trying to handcuff him, police have said. Warfield bashed holes in the walls outside the court commissioners office and elbowed an officer in the jaw, police said.

On Wednesday, Circuit Court Judge Donald Beachley placed Warfield's charges on the inactive docket on the condition he continue mental health treatment and take prescribed medicine, Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Gina Cirincion said.

Warfield's mother is taking him home to Texas, Cirincion said.

Warfield had followed his wife from Texas to Washington County, Cirincion said. Since the domestic dispute, the wife has returned to Texas and has OK'd Warfield's release to Texas, she said.

Warfield was charged with four counts of second-degree assault, two counts of obstructing and hindering a police officer and one count each of third- and fourth-degree burglary, false imprisonment, resisting arrest, failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order and malicious destruction of property more than $500.




Hagerstown man pleads guilty to handgun charge



A Hagerstown man charged in a Nov. 21 robbery that erupted in gunfire outside the J Street bar pleaded guilty Thursday to an unrelated gun charge, a prosecutor said.

Tywan Odell McKnight, 22, of the 500 block of West Franklin Street, pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court to wearing, carrying and transporting a handgun on Nov. 20, said Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Robert C. Veil Jr.

A charge of possessing a firearm was dismissed in exchange for the plea, Veil said.

Judge John McDowell sentenced McKnight to three years, all but nine months of which is suspended, Veil said. McKnight will have two years of unsupervised probation during which he may not possess a firearm, Veil said.

The firearm charge was lodged just one day before a robbery erupted in gunfire outside the J Street bar on North Jonathan Street, according to Circuit Court records.

McKnight faces 10 charges in connection with the Nov. 21 robbery, including armed robbery, first-degree assault and the use of a handgun in a crime of violence, court records state.

A trial date has not been set in that case.




Cousins plead guilty in April bank robbery



Two Washington County cousins pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court on Thursday to an April 12 bank robbery, the prosecutor said.

Luis Antonio Maldonado, 19, of 17729 Virginia Ave., and his cousin, Jose Luis Maldonado, 24, of 11019 Coventry Lane, pleaded guilty to two counts each of robbery, Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Gina Cirincion said.

For each man, four counts of first- and second-degree assault, felony theft and two counts of robbery were dismissed in exchange for the pleas, Cirincion said.

The First United Bank & Trust on 1751 Knightsbridge Drive was robbed when two men wearing ski masks and carrying BB guns designed to look like Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handguns entered the bank about 1 p.m. and ordered the four employees to the floor, police have said.

Two bank tellers helped the Hagerstown Police Department catch the suspects.

The Maldonados were being held without bond at the Washington County Detention Center pending their sentencings, Cirincion said.

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