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Man convicted of reckless endangerment

February 17, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

A jury convicted a Hagerstown man of reckless endangerment in connection with a July argument in which he cut a man with a samurai sword.

Brian A. Israel, 25, of Northspring Apartments at 1400 Haven Road, was sentenced by Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III to five years unsupervised probation after being convicted Tuesday.

At the time of the incident, Israel and two other men lived at 31 1/2 E. Franklin St. A man and woman who lived downstairs testified that at about 10 p.m. on July 9, 2002, they got in an argument with the men after the woman told a joke about homosexuals.

The men began yelling down to the couple and the man in the downstairs apartment ran upstairs to meet them, the man testified. The man testified Israel cut him on the hand with a sword, requiring eight stitches.

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The jury found Israel innocent of an assault charge.

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