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Man gets 23 years in wreck, carjacking

March 09, 2005|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

Liley Lee Gordon on Tuesday was handed a 23-year prison sentence for an October 2004 accident and carjacking in Hagerstown.

"This was a series of out-of-control events by an incorrigible person," Washington County Circuit Judge Donald Beachley said as he imposed a 20-year sentence for unarmed carjacking on Gordon, 17, who was charged as an adult.

Gordon, whose last known address was 458 Park Place, will have to serve 10 years before he is eligible for parole, Beachley said.

The judge added a three-year sentence for the second-degree assault of a 77-year-old man whose home Gordon invaded after he wrecked the pickup truck he was driving on Outer Drive. Gordon broke through the resident's door and punched him in the eye.

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A two-year concurrent sentence was imposed for resisting arrest, a $500 fine for reckless driving and a $100 fine for driving without a license. No additional penalty was imposed for leaving the scene of a personal-injury accident.

Gordon, who has been in the Washington County Detention Center since the incident, kept turning around and searching the courtroom for his father and brothers, who defense attorney Stephen Musselman said were expected to attend Tuesday's sentencing.

They didn't appear.

"I want to apologize to all the victims," Gordon said in court. He said he didn't mean to "act out" with the resident that night and he didn't want to hurt his friends who were in the vehicle he wrecked.

In the courtroom were the victim of the home invasion and the man who was pulled from his vehicle during the carjacking after the accident that night, as well as the mother of one of the passengers in the wrecked vehicle.

"Amber will never be the same," said Brenda Jones of her 16-year-old daughter, who is still in a rehabilitation hospital recovering from a severe brain injury. "She was a very independent person and she's been stripped of all that."

After the sentencing, Brenda Jones said outside the courtroom she felt Gordon "got what he deserved."

Gordon pleaded guilty Feb. 17 to six charges related to the incident.

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

Eight people were riding in the truck, including six in its rear bed, at the time of the wreck.

"Five passengers were thrown out onto the ground," Michael said.

After the accident, Gordon went to a house, "broke the glass on the door," demanded to use the phone and punched the resident in the eye, 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.

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