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Boy pleads guilty to multiple charges in carjacking incident

February 18, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

A 17-year-old boy who was charged as an adult in an October accident and carjacking pleaded guilty Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to six charges related to the incident.

Liley Lee Gordon, 17, of 458 Park Place, pleaded guilty to unarmed carjacking, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, driving without a license, resisting arrest, second-degree assault and reckless driving.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley said he wanted to look at Gordon's juvenile record before sentencing him.

Carjacking, the most serious of the offenses, carries a maximum 30-year sentence.

Gordon's attorney, Assistant Public Defender Stephen Musselman, told Beachley that he didn't expect Gordon to plead to the charges Thursday, but when Gordon came out of the holding cell, he had changed his mind.

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While Gordon was being questioned about his competency and willingness to enter guilty pleas, Musselman told him, "These are your decisions today. Do you understand I can't do it for you?"

Gordon nodded in response.

On Oct. 23, 2004, at about 10 p.m., Gordon was driving several other people in a pickup truck in the 1100 block of Outer Drive in north Hagerstown when "he lost control of the car" and it overturned, said Washington County Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael.

"Five passengers were thrown out onto the ground," he said. Three of the passengers, "some of them severely injured," left the scene of the accident by ambulance, he said.

After the accident, Gordon went to a house, "broke the glass on the door," demanded to use the phone and then punched in the eye a 77-year-old man who lived there, Michael said.

When he left that house, Gordon stopped a motorist in a Honda Element, "pulled (the motorist) out of the car and drove off," Michael said.

At 11:50 p.m., Gordon, who had used the motorist's cellphone while in his car, went to Washington County Hospital, he said.

Michael said none of the victims wanted to address the court Thursday, but said he would submit three victim impact statements.

In the middle of the hearing, a young man walked into the courtroom in the area closest to the bench and said, "Hey Liley." He was immediately escorted out.

Beachley said a review of Gordon's juvenile file might be complete within about 30 days.

"Obviously this is a serious case," he said. Beachley ordered Gordon be held without bond at the Washington County Detention Center.

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