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Man sentenced for assault on teen

July 11, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

A Keedysville teen was sentenced to serve a year in the county jail Tuesday after pleading guilty to second-degree assault in a February beating incident that left a Hagerstown teen unconscious, according to court records.

Jason Lee Manning, 17, of 19402 Porterstown Road in Keedysville, was charged as an adult Feb. 4 after a teenager identified him as one of two people who beat him up

According to charging documents, a witness who was jogging just before 5 a.m. on Feb. 4 saw two teens beating a third teen near the Boonsboro Produce store on Old National Pike. The jogger told police he saw one of the teens kicking the boy in the head.

When police arrived, the two teens had left in a pickup truck, and the victim was in the ambulance, the documents said. When police tried to interview him at the hospital, he was unconscious.

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Police tracked the two suspects down later that morning.

Manning was charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest, the last because he allegedly ran from police when they found him. All but the second-degree assault charge were dropped as part of a plea agreement Tuesday.

The second teen was charged as a juvenile with second-degree assault, but his charges were never brought to court, according to the Washington County State's Attorney's Office.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley gave Manning a five-year sentence, but suspended all but one year. Manning also was ordered to pay the $481 ambulance bill.

Manning, who was given credit for time served at the Washington County Detention Center since February, will continue to be held at the county jail.

If Manning successfully completes the Jail Substance Abuse Program, he will be eligible to have his sentence reconsidered and possibly could have it reduced.

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