Woman given probation in assault case

June 16, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

A 19-year-old Williamsport woman who pleaded guilty on Tuesday to striking a teen-age girl in December was given probation before judgment by a Washington County Circuit judge.

Heather Renee Stotler, 19, whose last known address before her arrest was 18 W. Church St. in Williamsport, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in a Dec. 17, 2003, incident. Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III sentenced her to probation before judgment.

Probation before judgment is a conditional avoidance of imposition of sentence after conviction. Failure to comply with conditions of the probation may cause the sentence to be imposed.

"This is your first time around," Boone said.

According to charging documents, on Dec. 17, Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies were called to Stotler's home after hearing from her father that a group of teen-age girls were harassing his family from the street and were trying to get into Stotler's house.


As a deputy was interviewing one of the teen-age girls outside the house, Stotler came up and struck one girl "in the face and upper body area with both of her hands open," court documents say.

After Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Steven Kessell gave an account of the incident, Boone said, "Just a holiday season in Williamsport."

Stotler's attorney, Christopher Gelwicks, said the woman had no prior criminal record. She is a Williamsport High School graduate and a Hagerstown Community College student.

Boone ordered Stotler to pay $305 in court costs and a $95 fine by July 30.

Sentence suspended in resisting of arrest

A Hagerstown man who on Tuesday pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court to resisting arrest last November was given a suspended prison sentence and three years of unsupervised probation.

Robert Joseph Summerville III, 23, whose last known address before his arrest was 801 Hamilton Blvd. in Hagerstown, pleaded guilty to resisting arrest in connection with a Nov. 3, 2003, incident in Circuit Court.

Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III read a brief statement of facts, which gives an account of the event that led to the charge: On Nov. 3, Summerville resisted arrest by a Maryland State Police trooper on Sharpsburg Pike between Waffle House and Cracker Barrel.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Steven Kessell said Summerville had on his record a misdemeanor theft charge in 2003 and a drug charge in 2001.

Boone gave Summerville a two-year suspended prison sentence and placed him on three years unsupervised probation.

He gave Summerville until June 25 to pay $225 in court costs and a $75 fine.

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