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Man awaiting trial on attempted murder charge gets 16 years for assault

April 21, 2010|By DON AINES

HAGERSTOWN -- A Hagerstown man awaiting trial on an attempted murder charge in Frederick County, Md., was sentenced Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court to 16 years in prison for his conviction on second-degree assault charges.

Lewis D. Weedon Jr., 42, of 12541 Atlanta Court, was found guilty Wednesday by a circuit court jury of four counts of second-degree assault against his estranged girlfriend, Becky Lynn Wilkerson, according to court records.

Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley handed down the sentence, court records show.

Wilkerson filed a private criminal complaint against Weedon on April 14, 2009, according to court records. In the complaint, she alleged she was assaulted by Weedon on consecutive days between April 5 and 9, court records show.

The application for statement of charges alleged that on those days Weedon threatened to strike her with a ceramic bowl April 5; shoved her against walls April 6 and 7; threatened to strike her with a ceramic angel April 8; and held a knife to her face April 9.

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About six months later, on Sept. 12, 2009, Wilkerson was living with relatives in Frederick when she was shot, according to published reports. As she was backing up her vehicle to leave for work, three shots were fired, according to published reports.

Weedon later was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head, according to published reports.

Weedon is scheduled for a jury trial in August in Frederick County in connection with the shooting. He is charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, two counts of using a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to online court records.

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