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Teen admits state could prove he assaulted friend

April 23, 2008

A 14-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in juvenile court that the state had enough evidence to prove he committed a second-degree assault.

On Feb. 21, the boy and two of his friends were playing football at Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown when he started punching one of his friends, Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said Wednesday in court.

The victim was injured in the head and back, and taken to the hospital, she said.

Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. accepted the boy's Alford plea. In an Alford plea, the person admits the state has enough evidence to convict but does not admit guilt.

The judge delayed disposition, the juvenile equivalent of a sentencing, and ordered a pre-disposition report prepared.

- Erin Julius

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