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Hagerstown woman gets suspended sentence for chasing ex-boyfriend with knife

December 28, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

A Hagerstown woman was sentenced to five years in prison, all of which were suspended, Thursday for chasing a former boyfriend in the area of North Jonathan Street while she wielded a butcher knife.

Marcella Denise Rhoads, 42, formerly of 326 Henry Ave., had pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment in connection with the incident during an earlier hearing in Washington County Circuit Court. Charges of first- and second-degree assault were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

Officers who responded to the scene July 27 found Rhoads screaming profanities. She had just learned that her boyfriend was having an affair, had argued with him and he had punched her in the face, she told police.

Rhoads grabbed a knife and went after him, and at some point cut him with the knife, she told police, according to court records.

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Rhoads also was sentenced Thursday on a violation of probation triggered by the knife incident. Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III sentenced her to four years in prison for the violation, with credit for time served.

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