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Juvenile court briefs

September 29, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD

18-year-old admits to malicious destruction



An 18-year-old admitted Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court to three counts of malicious destruction of property for throwing eggs at several vehicles in the area of Md. 66 in May.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said that the 18-year-old, who was a juvenile at the time of the May 17 incident, and two adults caused an accident that sent two people to the hospital when they threw eggs at several other vehicles.

Flores said that when they were caught, five dozen egg cartons were found, with all but nine eggs missing. The egging spree, resulted in $3,509 in damages, she said.

Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, told the 18-year-old that it is always dangerous to throw something at a moving vehicle.

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"Suppose somebody got startled and crossed the center line and got killed," Beachley told the young man.

Beachley told the man that if that were the case, he would be facing adult charges of depraved heart second-degree murder, which carries a 30-year maximum sentence in prison.

"Do you understand that?" Beachley asked.

The man acknowledged him.

Beachley later ordered the man to serve indefinite supervised probation, placing him on an 11 p.m. curfew and ordering him to maintain employment and submit to drug and alcohol testing.

The man was ordered to pay $1,000 toward restitution by the end of the day Wednesday.




New York boy admits to crack possession



A 17-year-old New York boy admitted Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court to possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute and was ordered placed on indefinite supervised probation by Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court.

The boy's mother told Beachley that her son had been sent from New York to Baltimore to live with his aunt to go to a specialized school, but she did not realize that trouble lurked blocks from the boy's aunt's neighborhood.

The mother said she would make sure the department of juvenile services in New York takes over her son's supervision. The mother said she has applied to specialized schools for her son in the state.

On Sept. 1, the boy was pulled over for making an unsafe lane change on West Franklin Street by a Hagerstown Police Department officer, who ordered a K-9 search of the Ford the boy was driving. The police dog detected marijuana in the car, records state. Later, when the boy was searched, a plastic bag containing several smaller bags of suspected crack cocaine was found concealed in a body cavity, records state. The boy also had $614 on him, Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said.

A Department of Juvenile Services representative and Flores told Beachley that the boy and his mother have been extremely cooperative in the matter.

At the start of the hearing, Flores withdrew the state's request to have the boy's case waived to adult court.

The boy's attorney, Assistant Public Defender Stephen Musselman, said his client, who had been at a couple of juvenile detention facilities pending the hearing, "understands where the state could have gone ... He understands prison is not where he wants to be."

The boy later told Beachley, "I'm sorry about everything - disrespecting the state."

Beachley told the youth that similar federal adult charges would have placed him in prison for between five and 15 years; in the state adult system, he would face up to seven years in prison.

Beachley told the youth that his mother wants the best for him and if he was in the boy's position, he would feel bad for disappointing his mother.

The boy nodded his head.

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