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Man charged with assault held on bond

November 18, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

A 46-year-old man who spent 21 years in prison on an assault charge was being held on $100,000 bond after being charged with punching his father in the face on two occasions since Oct. 28.

Jack Lewis Hammersla Jr., who has no fixed address, was charged with two counts of second-degree assault in connection with fights he had with his father, according to court records.

Hammersla's father, Jack Lewis Hammersla Sr., was punched on Oct. 28 and again Wednesday morning following arguments between the two men, according to allegations in charging documents.

The elder Hammersla told the Washington County Sheriff's Department that he had argued with his son about his son's "drinking and being intoxicated all the time," and he had not seen his son since Wednesday when he told his son to leave the house, according to charging documents.

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In the hearing Monday, Deputy State's Attorney Charles Strong told District Judge Ralph H. France that in addition to the charges Hammersla faces, he was in the past convicted of several charges, including an assault with intent to murder charge he faced in 1981.

According to court records, Washington County Circuit Judge John P. Corderman sentenced Hammersla to 30 years in prison on that charge. Strong said Monday that Hammersla was given mandatory release after he served 21 years.

According to published reports at the time, Hammersla was charged with stabbing a man three times with a paring knife on Aug. 12, 1981, in front of the Maryland Theatre on South Potomac Street. The man was treated for a collapsed lung.

Hammersla on Monday asked France to reduce his bond due to the length of time since the 1981 conviction and due to the fact that he is no longer allowed near "the victim in this case."

France denied the request, and left Hammersla's bond at $100,000.

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