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Hagerstown man gets jail time after pleading guilty to theft

August 31, 2006

A 20-year-old Hagerstown man who pleaded guilty to using his friend's credit card and vehicle without her permission will spend time in jail.

Neil Christopher Forsythe, of 16903 Springlake Court, pleaded guilty Wednesday to theft and unauthorized use of a vehicle in the April 24 incident. According to a charging document, Forsythe used a friend's vehicle without her permission to take a juvenile home from the friend's residence in the 17000 block of Heisterboro Road in Hagerstown.

Forsythe also took the friend's credit card and purse, and she discovered $506.50 worth of unauthorized charges when he returned it the next day, the charging document states.

He was sentenced to one year incarceration for the theft and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, with the sentences to run concurrently, according to Washington County District Court records.

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In a statement submitted as part of a presentence investigation, Forsythe admitted to theft.

"The night of the offense, I just got off work, and my cousin had a bright idea to take it and have fun, so I did, and now that I look back, it was the worst thing in the world," the statement reads.

Forsythe, who had been drinking before his arrest, also pleaded guilty to a citation charging him with underage possession of alcohol.

He was sentenced to pay a $400 fine or spend 15 days in jail for that offense, court documents indicate.




Man accused in highway shooting waives preliminary hearing



A man accused of shooting at a vehicle on Interstate 70 waived his rights to a preliminary hearing during a court appearance Wednesday.

Jimmie Lee Johnson, 35, is accused of firing several rounds from a 9 mm handgun at the passenger side of a Chrysler PT Cruiser June 19 while eastbound on I-70 in a Chevrolet Suburban. No one was hurt, according to court documents.

Johnson, of 8407 Loch Raven Blvd., Apt. A., in Baltimore, is charged with attempted second-degree murder, possession of a handgun in a vehicle, the use of a handgun in the commission of a violent crime or felony, possession of a firearm as a felon, possession of marijuana and two counts each of first-degree assault and second-degree assault.

Johnson could receive a maximum 30-year sentence if he is convicted of the most serious charge - second-degree murder - according to court documents.

Johnson fired several shots at the 2003 PT Cruiser after moving from behind the vehicle in the left lane to the right lane of I-70 near the 22-mile marker. The driver and a woman were traveling in the PT Cruiser, charging document states.

Johnson has past convictions in Maryland for assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to injure and in California for robbery.

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