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Man gets 10 years for assault conviction

March 16, 2007|by ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - A 20-year-old man who pleaded guilty in November to first-degree assault for beating a homeless man who was sleeping at City Park on Aug. 11, 2006, was sentenced Thursday morning in Washington County Circuit Court to 10 years in prison.

Travis Michael Harvey, 20, whose last known address was listed in charging documents as 441 Summit Ave., is currently serving a sentence on an unrelated charge. Harvey's 10-year sentence will run consecutively with the sentence he is serving, Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright ordered.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Viki Pauler requested a 15-year sentence.

Pauler called the assault a "violent beating" and described how Harvey and his co-defendent, Brandon Jerome Harris, beat two sleeping men. Harvey and Harris beat the men in the heads with steel poles, she said.

Both victims were treated at the hospital, she said.

"A message needs to be sent," Pauler said.

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City Park should be safe, "not a place for violent, horrific behavior," she said.

During a November hearing, Pauler said Harvey and Harris went to City Park on Aug. 11 because "Mr. Harris had spent the night previous to this in the park and was upset about being approached by homosexuals."

Assistant Public Defender Brian Hutchison said that Harvey has shown remorse for the assault.

Harvey confessed to police, led police to evidence and gave two letters of apology to the victims, Hutchison said.

Before he was sentenced, Harvey apologized to one of the victims, James Gleason, who was in court. He also asked Gleason to relay his apology to the other victim, Frank Layman, who was not present.

Harvey said there was, "no reason for what we did that evening."

Harvey's mother said he is "very remorseful" for what he did and that he was cooperative when he lived with her. She sobbed after Wright read Harvey's sentence.

Harris, 21, pleaded guilty Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to first-degree assault. Other charges were dropped.

His sentencing date is April 24.

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