Court briefs

September 11, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

Man to serve six years for assault

A 20-year-old man will serve six years in prison for a first-degree assault conviction in a Jan. 13 home invasion in the 16000 block of Broadfording Road.

Ronald Dwayne Brackett pleaded guilty to the assault charge June 18 in Washington County Circuit Court and was sentenced Monday, according to court documents. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison, with all but six years suspended.

A group of people beat up a man at a Broadfording Road residence after they showed up at the house claiming someone there had stolen money from an acquaintance, according to reports.

One of the victims had two black eyes and facial swelling from the beating, and a female resident claimed she had been choked, according to court documents.


The people involved in the assault went to the home because they believed a male who lived there had stolen money from a 17-year-old girl during a drug deal earlier in the day, documents alleged.

Brackett will serve three years of supervised probation upon his release from prison, according to court documents.

Robbery suspect held without bail

A Hagerstown man was ordered held without bail Monday by a Washington County District Court judge.

Leroy Venson Martin, 43, of 25 Fairground Ave., was charged in August with armed robbery and other crimes in an Aug. 23 robbery at Potomac Wine & Spirits, 725 Potomac Ave.

A man entered the store while the clerk stocked shelves, according to charging documents. The man made small talk with the clerk and then followed her to the cash register, where he showed a kitchen knife, police alleged in court documents. He pointed the knife at the clerk's side, demanded she open the cash register, collected money and fled the store, police said.

Martin was being held Monday night at the Washington County Detention Center, a deputy said.

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