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June 08, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

$1 million bail set in robbery, assault



Bail for a man charged in connection with a May shooting in Burger Alley in Hagerstown was set at $1 million during a bail review hearing Monday, court records state.

Washington County District Judge Ralph H. France II set the bond for Phineas E. Chaplin, 20, who lists addresses in Middle River, Md., and Brooklyn, N.Y., records state.

Chaplin is charged with attempted second-degree murder, armed robbery, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, handgun on person and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with a May 28 shooting in the 100 block of Burger Alley, records state.

The Hagerstown Police Department released the following information:

Chaplin, also known as "Butter," was taken into custody at a Baltimore County, Md., residence about 10:30 p.m. Friday. The arrest came just hours after Detectives George Brandt and Shawn Schultz obtained an arrest warrant for Chaplin, police said.

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On May 28, the victim and a second man were riding in a car down Burger's Alley and were approached by two other men in the alley, police said. One of the men displayed a handgun and demanded money from the men in the car.

After a fight among the four men, the victim was shot in the right thigh and suffered a superficial bullet wound to the right arm. Another man said the armed assailant hit him in the face with the handgun.

The shooting victim was treated at Washington County Hospital and released.




Federal court cases are heard



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The office of Thomas E. Johnston, U.S. Attorney for the northern district of West Virginia, released information on the following cases Monday:

-- On June 1, Aczel Cardena-Sosa, who has at least three aliases, was charged in an indictment with entering the United States without having obtained consent from the attorney general or the secretary of Homeland Security.

Cardena-Sosa, who previously was convicted of an aggravated felony offense, faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

-- On June 1, Gilbert Castrillo was charged in an indictment with entering the United States without having obtained consent from the attorney general or the secretary of Homeland Security.

Castrillo also was convicted of an aggravated felony offense and faces the same maximum punishment as Cardena-Sosa.

-- On June 1, Gregory Allen Cross, 26, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution of crack cocaine before U.S. District Judge W. Craig Broadwater.

Cross was charged with selling crack cocaine twice on March 12, 2003, in Jefferson County, W.Va.

He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

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