Court briefs

December 03, 2004

Man gets 12 years for assault with hammer

A Hagerstown man pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court to charges that he struck his roommate with a hammer last summer, court records state.

Timothy A. Wilt pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree assault and was sentenced to 12 years in prison Thursday by Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell, according to records.

Wilt, 43, of 23 E. Washington St., Apt. 3W hit his female roommate with a hammer during an argument over the use of cable television in their apartment July 11.

Man sentenced for threatening woman

A 20-year-old pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court to charges that he threatened a woman with a handgun, court records state.


Justin E. Taylor, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and wearing/carrying/transporting a handgun and was sentenced to 8 years in prison by Circuit Judge John H. McDowell, according to records. All but 3 1/2 years of Taylor's sentence were suspended, records state.

The Hagerstown Police Department alleged Taylor pointed a handgun at a woman and pushed her to the ground.

Women sentenced in armed robbery

Two women charged in a robbery of a Hagerstown cab driver in August each pleaded guilty to one of several charges against them Thursday in Washington County District Court, court records state.

Elizabeth Marie Heffner, 26, of 2 Bowie Mill Court in Taneytown, Md., and Shannon M. Hamilton, 26, of 510 E. Washington St., Apt. 7, each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, according to court records. Other charges against both women, which included first- and second-degree assault, were withdrawn, records state.

District Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. sentenced Hamilton to 15 years in prison, 8 years of which were suspended, records state.

Long ordered a presentence investigation in Heffner's case, records state. Heffner's next scheduled court date is Feb. 2, 2005, according to records.

The Hagerstown Police Department alleges the women took part in the Aug. 26 gunpoint robbery of a Four State Transportation driver at the Sheetz store on Maugans Avenue. The driver's CB microphone, keys and cellular phone were stolen during the incident, records show.

- Brian Shappell

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