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RCI inmate gets additional time on weapons charge

April 16, 2010

HAGERSTOWN -- A Roxbury Correctional Institution inmate pleaded guilty Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to possession of a dangerous concealed weapon and was sentenced to an additional 18 months in prison.

On July 21, 2009, correctional officers at the prison conducted a strip search of Robert Vicks, 28, and discovered a homemade knife in his underwear, according to the statement of facts read in court by Assistant State's Attorney Christopher McCormack.

In exchange for the plea, the state dismissed a charge of possession of a weapon when while in detention, McCormack said.

McCormack told Circuit Judge Daniel P. Dwyer that Vicks had been convicted in 2003 of solicitation to commit first-degree assault. Vicks' criminal record also included a 2003 Delaware conviction for prohibited possession of a firearm, McCormack said. The state was asking for two years more in prison, McCormack said.

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Vicks was stabbed multiple times in an attack in prison in 2004 and was carrying the weapon out of fear for his own safety, Assistant Public Defender Charles Bailey told Dwyer. He asked the judge to impose a six-month sentence concurrent to the sentence Vicks is now serving.

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