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Sentencing delayed for man charged in assault on officer

September 08, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

Sentencing was delayed Tuesday for a Hagerstown man who pleaded guilty to hitting a police officer with a sport utility vehicle and assaulting another man after he ran from a Maryland Department of Parole and Probation office on April 1.

Troy Ray Ferguson, 26, whose last known address before his arrest was 943 Maryland Ave., pleaded guilty Tuesday to first- and second-degree assault in connection with the April 1 incident. He also pleaded guilty Tuesday to an unrelated charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine in connection with a Sept. 10, 2003, incident.

Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III told Ferguson that he could be facing a maximum of 55 years in prison on the combined charges.

Ferguson's attorney, Baltimore-based lawyer William B. Purpura, asked for extra time before sentencing so he could "submit evidence of (Ferguson's) state of mind that day."

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Wright allowed for the extra time and set sentencing for 9 a.m. Sept. 29.

Hagerstown Police Department Officer Gerard Kendle was hit in the midsection with a silver 2000 Dodge Durango driven by Ferguson after Kendle chased him through a downtown Hagerstown Maryland Department of Parole and Probation office, said Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Michael.

Michael said that on April 1 at about 3:35 p.m., Kendle arrived at the parole and probation office after being notified that Ferguson was there and was wanted on a warrant. When Kendle arrived, Ferguson charged at the uniformed officer, Michael said. The men wrestled, Ferguson broke free and ran down the hallway, pushing another man against a wall before running to the lobby, he said. In the lobby, Kendle again tried to arrest Ferguson, but Ferguson broke free and fled to the sport utility vehicle, he said.

Kendle "was visibly shaken up and had some bruises" following the incident, Michael said.

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