Hagerstown teen sentenced in shooting

October 31, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - A Hagerstown boy who turns 18 Thursday was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison with all but eight years suspended for his role in a July 2 shooting in Hagerstown.

Ryan Scott Kaplan, 17, was charged as an adult with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and other crimes in the shooting.

He pleaded guilty Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to first-degree assault and using a handgun in the commission of a violent crime. He was sentenced by Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III to 20 years on the assault charge.

The victim was listed in court documents as Justin B. Leibrand, a State Line, Pa., man who was 19 at the time of the shooting.


Boone sentenced Kaplan to five years on the handgun charge, to run concurrently with the assault sentence.

Boone called the plea agreed upon by the state and defense "fair and reasonable" based on several factors, including Kaplan's age.

Leibrand was not in court for Tuesday's hearing.

Kaplan's mother and grandfather were present but didn't speak.

Kaplan and Leibrand had an argument the night of July 2, during which Kaplan took a small silver pistol from his waistband, according to reports.

Leibrand walked toward a friend's vehicle, then heard gunshots behind him, according to court documents. He turned and saw Kaplan shooting at him as Kaplan ran across Brookline Avenue toward Interval Road near Fairgrounds Park, documents state.

Leibrand, who was struck once in the left heel, said he heard seven to eight gunshots, Assistant State's Attorney Viki Pauler said Tuesday.

Kaplan, who has been held at Washington County Detention Center since July 3, received credit for the time he already has served.

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