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Plea results in 8-year sentence

April 22, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

gregs@herald-mail.com

A man accused of stabbing another man at Walnut Towers last September entered an Alford plea Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to one burglary charge and was ordered to serve eight years in prison.

Maurice Raymond Frock, 48, of 125 Elm St., was sentenced to 15 years in the Department of Corrections on the first-degree burglary charge, but Judge W. Kennedy Boone suspended seven years of the sentence at the request of lawyers from the State's Attorney's and Public Defender's offices.

As part of the plea agreement, the remaining 22 counts, including second-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault, were dropped.

Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt, but agrees the state has enough evidence to gain a conviction.

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Lawyers said during the plea hearing Monday that there was not enough evidence to try Frock on other charges because of problems with witnesses.

Frock was charged Sept. 4, 2002, with 23 counts resulting from an alleged stabbing of one man and the robbery of three other residents at the apartment building at 12 S. Walnut St.

According to court records, Hagerstown City Police officers arrived at Walnut Towers just before 7 a.m. Sept. 4, where a man said he had been stabbed while trying to stop a man who allegedly robbed three of his neighbors at knifepoint.

Police found two men who matched the description given by the residents of a fifth-floor apartment, the documents said. They also found two fanny packs and two purses, which allegedly were taken by Frock.

But when officers first asked the victims which one of the men robbed them, only one of the women said she was sure that Frock was the robber, according to court records.

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