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Baltimore man sentenced in pistol whipping incident

October 19, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

A Baltimore man was sentenced to three years in state prison Monday by a Washington County Circuit judge after he pleaded guilty to pistol whipping a man outside a Downsville Pike apartment.

Sherman Wells, 25, whose last known address was 2301 W. Lanvale St. in Baltimore, pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree assault and wearing and carrying a handgun in connection with the March 23 incident.

Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley sentenced Wells on the second-degree assault charge to serve seven years in state prison, but suspended all but three years of that sentence, giving him credit for time served, according to court documents. Beachley also sentenced Wells on the handgun charge to serve a consecutive three-year state prison sentence, which he suspended, according to court documents. Upon his release, Wells must serve three years of unsupervised probation, according to court documents.

On March 23, at about 1:41 p.m., Shannon Marie Gower reported a fight involving guns and her ex-boyfriend in the hallway of a Downsville Pike apartment building, according to charging documents filed by Maryland State Police.

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Gower said that Wells, her ex-boyfriend, repeatedly knocked on her door that day, according to charging documents. Because of his repeated visits, a friend of hers called another friend to ask him to pick Gower up and take her away from her apartment, according to charging documents.

Mark Moore waited in the car as the friend who was called to the apartment went to knock on the door, according to charging documents. Moore later went to the apartment and saw three men standing in the hallway- two with handguns and one with a long rifle with a sling, according to charging documents.

When Moore knocked on the door, Gower partially opened it, only to see Wells holding a gun, demanding that she open the door.

When the door was closed, Wells said some profanities to Moore, who was still standing in the hallway, according to charging documents. Wells then "struck him in the head, twice with the handgun, injuring his head and knocking him to the floor," charging documents state.

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