18-year-old Hagerstown woman sentenced for attempted armed robbery

October 10, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - An 18-year-old Hagerstown woman who pleaded guilty in September to attempted armed robbery in a home invasion on Broadfording Road was sentenced Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Whitney Lynn Ingram was sentenced to 12 years in prison with all but four years suspended.

Assistant State's Attorney Joe Michael alleged in court Tuesday that Ingram was the leader of a group that went to a home in the 16000 block Broadfording Road seeking retribution for a $550 drug deal gone bad.

The group beat up a man at the residence and left him with two black eyes and facial swelling, according to court documents. A female resident claimed she was choked, documents state.

The group "elected to use the law of the streets" in carrying out a gang-style crime, Michael said.

Courts often "subconsciously" give young, white women lesser sentences, Michael said. He asked Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III to treat Ingram like "the thug that she is."


Ingram was an intelligent girl who aspires to work in cosmetology and was "scared to death" the day of the sentencing, according to her defense attorney, Kelly S. Cromer.

Ingram didn't know her cohorts would resort to the level of violence they did or she would not have walked up to the home, rung the doorbell and introduced herself, Cromer said.

Ingram turned herself in to authorities.

Cromer asked the judge for a term of probation or jail time because prison was much too harsh a punishment for her client, Cromer said.

Ingram sobbed and shook as she read a prepared statement to the court. She was disappointed in herself and must now live forever as a felon, Ingram said.

Boone didn't buy the argument that Ingram was the leader of the group, but the crime was a terrible offense and two innocent victims were beaten in their home, he said.

The male victim spoke in court Tuesday.

He still has ringing in his ears and headaches every day and has suffered hearing loss, he said.

"People came in my house and tried to beat me to death," he said. "If I ever see them on my property again, I'm going to be the judge and I'm going to be the jury, and I'm not going to be as lenient," he said before the sentencing.

Paul Logan Tierney, 19, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit armed robbery in the same incident. Boone sentenced Tierney to five years in prison, with all but one year and one day suspended.

Ronald Dwayne Brackett, 20, pleaded guilty to first-degree assault June 18 in Washington County Circuit Court and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, with all but six years suspended.

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