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District Heights man convicted of multiple felony charges

April 27, 2010|By DON AINES

HAGERSTOWN -- A District Heights, Md., man was convicted of several felony drug, weapons and other charges during a jury trial last week in Washington County Circuit Court, charges that could land him in prison for decades.

Roger L. Prophet, 36, of 6509 Elmhurst St., was convicted Thursday on 15 counts, according to court records. The most serious charge was maintaining a common nuisance for the distribution of PCP, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, according to the charge summary.

Prophet was also found guilty of possession of cocaine, PCP and marijuana, as well as three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, which included digital scales, plastic bags and glass bottles for weighing and packaging controlled dangerous substances, according to the verdict sheets.

The jury also found Prophet guilty of two counts of illegal possession of a firearm, two counts of attempting to elude police, and single counts of negligent driving, reckless driving, driving without a license and failure to stop at a stop sign, according to the verdict sheets.

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Robert Veil, the supervising attorney for the Washington County Narcotics Task Force, said a presentence investigation will have to be completed before Prophet is sentenced. Because of previous narcotics convictions, Veil said Prophet could face up to 40 years in prison.

Prophet was charged following a chase and standoff with Hagerstown police and the narcotics task force on Oct. 15, 2009, that ended with him and another man, James C. Midgette, 32, of District Heights, surrendering, according to the statement of probable cause.

Agents from the narcotics task force had begun investigating Prophet, also known as "Pistol Pete," in early October, according to the statement of probable cause.

On Oct. 15, agents were conducting surveillance at 721 Medway Road.

Prophet and Midgette left the house and got into a Lincoln Navigator, the statement of probable cause said. Prophet drove to Park Place and parked the Navigator, at which time Hagerstown police tried to arrest him, the statement said.

However, Prophet drove off, mounting the curb and running over an orange-and-white construction barrel and forcing one officer to jump back from the vehicle, the application for statement of charges said. Police lost sight of the Navigator, but it was later found in an alley behind 721 Medway Road, with the construction barrel still under the vehicle.

The Washington County Special Response Team was called to the address and after about 30 to 45 minutes, Prophet and Midgette surrendered, according to the statement of probable cause. Police found $727 in cash on Prophet and saw cash falling out of Midgette's pockets, the statement said. Police found $13,247 on Midgette, according to the statement.

Inside the house and a detached garage, police found cocaine, marijuana and liquid PCP, two handguns, more than 200 small glass bottles and lids, several boxes of plastic sandwich bags, the digital scale and a currency-counting machine, the state of probable cause said.

James Midgette's case is still pending, according to circuit court records.

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