HAGERSTOWN -- A Sabillasville, Md., man who in January entered a plea in an armed break-in during which a shotgun was fired inside a Hancock home was sentenced Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to serve 12 years in prison.
Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. sentenced Russell Samuel Harris, 43, of 16701A Raven Rock Road, to 15 years in prison for a first-degree burglary conviction, but suspended three years of that sentence. Long gave Harris a 15-year suspended sentence for a first-degree assault conviction, according to court records.
Harris entered Alford pleas to the charges Jan. 20. Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt, but acknowledges the state has enough evidence to gain a conviction.
In exchange for his plea, other charges against Harris were dismissed, according to court records. Those charges were four counts of second-degree assault; three counts of theft of less than $100; two counts each of theft of less than $500, malicious destruction of property and first-degree assault; and one count each of third-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary, theft of more than $500 and reckless endangerment.