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Man gets 10 years in robbery

October 07, 2003|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

A Washington County Circuit Court judge sentenced an 18-year-old Hagerstown man to 10 years in prison Monday in connection with a home invasion robbery he committed last December, while he was 17.

Judge John McDowell sentenced Stephen H. Baptiste following a jury's Aug. 30 guilty verdict against him on charges of armed robbery, first- and second-degree assault, first-degree burglary, theft of less than $500 and use of a handgun in committing a violent felony, court records said.

On Dec. 12, Baptiste, whose last known address was on Broadway, forced his way into a residence at 25 Broadway with two other men and robbed three people inside at gunpoint. Among the items taken were a bracelet, cigarettes, money and a large amount of marijuana.

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During the August ruling, the jury found Baptiste innocent of another charge of first-degree assault, according to records. He was acquitted by McDowell on charges of armed robbery, robbery and theft of less than $500, records said.

Baptiste also is facing three other sets of charges.

The Hagerstown Police Department charged him with first- and second-degree attempted murder, armed robbery and several other offenses in connection with a Dec. 11 incident in which a 17-year-old girl's throat was slashed.

City police also charged Baptiste with armed robbery and first- and second-degree assault, among other charges, in connection with an Oct. 30 armed robbery at Roxy Liquors, records said. Police allege Baptiste pistol-whipped the 65-year-old clerk during the incident.

City police also charged Baptiste with counts of illegal gun and drug possession in connection with a Dec. 20 warrant execution at 37 Fairground Ave., Apt. 2W. Police allege they found Baptiste hiding under a bed with a loaded gun.

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