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Last of men charged in robbery attempt pleads guilty

July 13, 2005|by MARLO BARNHART

HAGERSTOWN

marlob@herald-mail.com

The last of three Hagerstown men involved in a December 2004 attempted armed robbery and shooting at the Washington Gardens housing complex appeared before Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III on Tuesday and received a five-year suspended prison sentence - the same as his two co-defendants.

Felix L. Hawkins, 18, whose last known address was 138 E. Franklin St., was given credit for the 192 days he spent in jail since his arrest in January. He pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit robbery.

"Mr. Hawkins was the least culpable of the three," Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Viki Pauler said. "He tagged along."

Boone placed Hawkins on unsupervised probation for three years and fined him $250, which must be paid within 60 days.

Defense attorney Chris Gelwicks told Boone that Hawkins has a job with a paving company and is working to graduate from high school.

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"Thank you for giving me a chance to change my life," Hawkins said, telling Boone he hopes to go to college and study computer programming.

On May 24, Jamel Julian Smith, 20, whose last known address was 309 S. Mulberry St., was given a suspended five-year prison sentence for conspiracy to commit robbery by Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III.

When sentencing Smith to the five-year sentence, Wright suspended all but 132 days already served and ordered Smith to pay $405 in court costs within 90 days. Smith was placed on unsupervised probation for three years, court records show.

Montague S. Sutherland, 17, of 650 N. Prospect St., Apt. 2, was given two concurrent five-year prison sentences for second-degree assault and conspiracy to commit robbery by Wright on May 9.

With both sentences suspended, Sutherland was placed on four years of unsupervised probation, court records show.

At about 11 p.m. on Dec. 10, police responded to a report of shots fired and found a juvenile with two gunshot wounds to his leg, court records said.

The juvenile told police he ran into Smith and others at Sheetz on Dual Highway and arranged a marijuana deal, but when he went to Washington Gardens Apartments, he was confronted by three men, records show.

One of the men pulled out a gun and demanded the juvenile give him his possessions, but the juvenile ran away and was shot twice in the leg, court records show.

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