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Cascade man pleads guilty to assault charge

John WIlliam Spahr accused of hitting girlfriend with truck

John WIlliam Spahr accused of hitting girlfriend with truck

December 14, 2007|By HEATHER KEELS

HAGERSTOWN ? A Cascade man accused of striking his girlfriend with his pickup truck in November pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree assault, despite a letter the victim wrote to the judge retracting her accusation, according to Washington County District Court records.

John William Spahr, 33, of 14449 Royer Road, will remain in jail while the Department of Parole and Probation prepares a pre-sentence report, according to court records. A Washington County District Court judge requested an extensive investigation into Spahr's background to guide his sentencing.

Charges of attempted second-degree murder, kidnapping, first-degree assault and reckless endangerment were dropped Tuesday, according to records.

The victim and a witness told Maryland State Police trooper R. Miller on Nov. 17 that Spahr backed his Ford F-250 down the driveway, then sped forward, striking the victim and throwing her against the garage door hard enough to break it, according to charging documents.

However, in a notarized letter dated Dec. 6, the victim said she had slipped in motor oil and fallen down. She said she had been drinking since noon that day and was more intoxicated than she had ever been in her life, and in her drunken state she had said Spahr had struck her with the truck. She asked the judge for leniency and said that in five years together, Spahr never had laid a hand on her.

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Spahr's next court appearance is scheduled for April 10.

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