Hagerstown man sentenced in Tri-State slingshot spree

January 27, 2003|By GREG SIMMONS

A Hagerstown man charged with using a slingshot to shoot out dozens of windows in businesses and police cars between 2001 and 2002 pleaded guilty Tuesday in Washington County District Court to charges in three separate cases.

Timothy William Corbiser, 29, of 6455 Coffman Farms Road in Keedysville might have to pay as much as $27,743.51 in restitution to the victims of a crime spree, his attorney said in court Tuesday.

Corbiser pleaded guilty to one count of malicious destruction of property in excess of $500 in each of the three cases in which he pleaded.


In two cases, he faced only the count to which he pleaded; in the third he faced 22 charges. In exchange for his plea, the State's Attorney's Office dropped the remaining charges.

Washington County District Judge Ralph H. France II set a March 25 sentencing date for Corbiser.

A second man also faces charges in the case. David Martin Danfelt Jr., 32, of 44 Begit Lane, Martinsburg, W.Va., is scheduled to appear for a Feb. 18 trial.

On Saturday, Oct. 19, Pennsylvania State Police had been staking out a gas station near Greencastle because it had been hit nine times with steel ball bearings, breaking out windows, police said.

Later that night, police saw a Ford Ranger pickup pull up to the gas station and an occupant fire a projectile at the gas station. They tried to stop the truck, but the driver pulled away.

A low-speed chase crossed into Maryland and ended in Berkeley County, W.Va., where two men were arrested.

West Virginia police alleged at the time that Corbiser elbowed and bit an arresting officer.

He and the other man were subsequently charged with crimes in Washington County.

In court Tuesday, Assistant State's Attorney Mark Thomas said the men caused damage to dozens of businesses and vehicles throughout the Tri-State area using a slingshot to shoot the 3/8-inch steel balls.

Thomas said targets included the Williamsport mayor's car, a Washington County Sheriff's Department car, a Maryland State Police car, the Funkstown post office and several Washington County businesses, totaling more than 30 victims.

The initial investigation turned up nearly $28,000 in damages, but so far only $21,000 in damages have been accounted for, said Corbiser's attorney, Washington County Public Defender Robert Voss. He said that is probably because not all of the victims have been contacted.

France ordered a pre-sentence investigation to verify the damage costs Corbiser owed.

In addition to the restitution costs, Corbiser faces a possible maximum sentence of nine years in jail and $7,500 in fines. The sentence might be lower because it is likely Corbiser will be able to pay at least some of the restitution, Voss said.

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