Man gets prison for threats to city police officer

August 18, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

A Hagerstown man was sentenced to seven years and six months in prison Thursday after a Washington County Circuit jury convicted him of threatening a police officer who testified against his girlfriend at the courthouse in January, according to court documents.

Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. sentenced Willie Lee Parker, 31, whose last known address was 140 N. Mulberry St., Apt. 2, to serve the sentence for the felony retaliate-witness conviction consecutive to any sentence he now is serving or obligated to serve, according to court records.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney John Dunlap was the prosecutor. Assistant Public Defender Stephen Musselman was Parker's defense attorney, according to court documents.

According to charging documents, Parker threatened Hagerstown Police Department Officer Todd Dunkle on Jan. 10 as he was leaving the Washington County Courthouse with other police officers and a prosecutor following the trial and conviction of Parker's then-girlfriend, Wendy Sue Swan.


Swan, 24, who is the mother of Parker's child, was convicted that day by a Circuit jury on counts of possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession of a firearm and possession of a regulated firearm, according to court documents.

She was sentenced on Jan. 31 to serve 15 years in prison on those counts, according to court records.

Parker, who was Swan's co-defendant on the charges, told Dunkle as he passed him, "Now that you (expletive) with my family, I'll be (expletive) with yours," according to charging documents.

Parker was sentenced to 13 years in prison in April for jury convictions on possession of crack cocaine and possession of firearms in connection with the case for which Swan also was charged, according to court records.

Dunkle was the arresting officer, according to charging documents. Parker was out on bond in connection with his case at the time of the threat, according to court records.

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