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Felony charges dropped against Hagerstown man accused of pointing gun at woman

September 25, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

Prosecutors dropped felony charges Wednesday against a Hagerstown man accused of pointing a handgun at his ex-girlfriend Aug. 31, Washington County District Court records show.

Allen Lee Ellis Jr., 24, of 297-A Frederick St., still faces misdemeanor charges of second-degree assault, use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence, carrying a concealed deadly weapon and malicious destruction of property, court records show.

Prosecutors dropped two counts of first-degree assault, a felony that carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison.

The charges stem from an incident Aug. 31 in which Ellis' ex-girlfriend said he sent her a threatening text message, and she and another woman said he pointed a handgun at them, Hagerstown Police Officer C. Biden wrote in his application for charges. The women also said Ellis threw an object at their vehicle and cracked the windshield, Biden wrote.

Ellis was released Sept. 6 on $175,000 bond, court records show.

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The misdemeanor charges will proceed to trial in Washington County District Court.

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