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Teen admits assault

June 16, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD

A 16-year-old Hagerstown boy on Wednesday admitted in Washington County juvenile court that he punched another boy, who was on crutches, in March.

The North Hagerstown High School student was ordered by Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III, sitting in juvenile court, to serve six months of supervised probation for the purposes of collecting nearly $1,300 owed in restitution to the victim in the case to which he admitted second-degree assault and to other victims in a separate case, the facts of which were not read Wednesday.

The incident to which he admitted occurred on March 6 in Wheaton Park, Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said.

She said the 16-year-old boy was in an argument with another youth and two of his friends when he punched the boy, who "was on crutches and did not fight back."

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The boy told Wright that he is a mentor through a church program.

Wright asked him whether he talks to others about "ways to settle disputes other than physical" altercations and whether he talks about how to "think before you act."

The boy said that he understands those concepts.

Wright said that if the boy pays restitution within the six-month period and "everything else is going well, I will consider striking the finding of delinquency."

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