Man trying to withdraw plea in connection with carjacking

March 23, 2005|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

A Hagerstown man who was sentenced to 23 years in prison two weeks ago is trying to withdraw his guilty plea in connection with an October 2004 crash and carjacking.

Liley Lee Gordon, through his new attorney Elisha R. Elliott, filed a motion Friday to withdraw a plea of guilty that was entered Feb. 17 before Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley.

According to the motion, which was entered into the court's computer database Tuesday, Gordon believes he was not given a "full explanation to the consequences" of a guilty plea by his attorney, Stephen Musselman. Gordon, 17, whose last known address was 458 Park Place, wants to have a jury trial, according to the motion.


The motion states that Gordon "... is only 17 years old and has not had a psychological evaluation to determine any mental health diagnosis, although he found his deceased mother when he was only 10 years old."

Elliott could not be reached by telephone for comment Tuesday.

On Oct. 23, 2004, Gordon was driving a pickup truck in the 1100 block of Outer Drive in Hagerstown when he lost control and the truck overturned, the Hagerstown Police Department alleged. Of eight people riding in the truck, six were in the rear bed, records state.

Police allege Gordon then began banging on the front door of a nearby home. When a resident answered, Gordon demanded to use the phone and struck the resident in the face with his fist, records state.

Gordon then found a motorist who had stopped his 2003 Honda Element near the accident to try to help and pulled the driver from the vehicle, police allege.

On Feb. 17, Musselman said he did not expect Gordon to enter a guilty plea, which he did that day. Musselman said Gordon nodded that he understood the decision to enter a guilty plea when he was being questioned about his competency and willingness to enter such a plea.

As he imposed a 20-year sentence on the unarmed carjacking charge at the March 8 sentencing hearing, Beachley said the incident involved a "series of out-of-control events." Beachley also called Gordon an "incorrigible person."

Brenda Jones, whose 16-year-old daughter sustained a severe brain injury in the wreck, said Gordon got what he deserved, and that her daughter will never be the same because of his actions.

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