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Hagerstown man sentenced to four years for New Year's Day robbery

Michael Eugene Russ pleaded guilty on weapons charge

other charges dropped

April 05, 2010

HAGERSTOWN -- An 18-year-old Hagerstown man was sentenced Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to four years in prison for his role in a New Year's Day robbery.

Michael Eugene Russ, 18, of 22 W. Lee St., Apt. 1, pleaded guilty Monday to using a handgun in the commission of a violent crime and was sentenced by Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III to 10 years in prison with all but four years suspended.

In exchange for the guilty plea, Assistant State's Attorney Gina Cirincion said Russ would not be prosecuted on charges of armed robbery, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and theft of less than $1,000.

At 9:45 p.m. on Jan. 1, the Hagerstown Police Department responded to a report of suspicious males in the area of South Potomac and West Lee streets, according to court records. As an officer was leaving the area, he was stopped by Donald Ray Glaze, who said he had been robbed, according to the application for statement of charges.

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Glaze said he had gotten a call from a woman he knew who frequently asked him to drive her on errands, court records show. He knocked on her door, but no one answered and he was jumped by four men as he was leaving, according to the application.

Glaze said he recognized one of the men as the boyfriend of the woman he had gone to meet, the application shows. The man Glaze knew as "Mike" was holding a handgun, according to court records.

Glaze was knocked to the ground, kicked and robbed of his cell phone and wallet, court records show. Glaze later picked Russ out of a photo lineup, according to the application.

The other men involved in the assault were not identified in the application for statement of charges.

Boone told Russ that after his release from prison he would be placed on probation for three years, with the first year supervised. He also ordered Russ to undergo a psychological evaluation.

"I don't think you're crazy, young man. I just want to know what makes you tick," Boone said.

Cirincion said Russ had no adult criminal record, but he does have a juvenile criminal record.

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