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Two Hagerstown men sentenced on drug charges

Judge issues bench warrant for third man involved in case

May 11, 2010|By DON AINES

HAGERSTOWN -- Two Hagerstown men were sentenced Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to prison on related drug charges, while a bench warrant was issued for a third man who failed to appear in court.

Kip Neil Young, 52, of 25 Wayside Ave., pleaded guilty to distribution of crack cocaine and was sentenced by Judge M. Kenneth Long to 10 years in prison, with five years suspended. Upon release from prison, Young will be on supervised probation for three years, Long said.

William C. Sylvester, 52, of 4 Berner Ave., pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and was sentenced by Long to seven years in prison with four years suspended. Long also ordered Sylvester to spend three years on supervised probation after his release from prison.

Long issued a bench warrant for Antoine Jamel Henderson, 27, of 443 N. Potomac St., Apt. 2, who failed to appear in court. Assistant Public Defender Charles Bailey said Henderson called him to say he was at his mother's bedside in a hospital in New York City.

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Henderson is charged with distribution of crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine, criminal conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records.

In exchange for Young's plea, Washington County Narcotics Task Force Supervising Attorney Robert Veil said the state was dismissing charges of criminal conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Veil said charges against Sylvester of distribution of crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia were being dismissed in exchange for his plea.

Reading from the statement of facts in the case, Veil said Tuesday that Young, Sylvester and Henderson were involved in a drug transaction with a confidential informant on Dec. 9, 2009.

The informant contacted Sylvester on a downtown street, asking him "if he knew where any parties were at," according to the application for statement of charges. Sylvester told the informant he did not have any money, but he knew someone who could supply the informant with crack cocaine, the application said.

The informant agreed to meet Sylvester later and went to get money from the task force to make the purchase, along with an electronic monitoring device to record the transaction, according to the application. The informant then picked up Sylvester and went to Sylvester's house, where Sylvester unsuccessfully tried to buy drugs from a woman, the application said.

The informant and Sylvester later picked up Young, who made calls to a supplier who agreed to meet them at the Meadows Apartments on Langley Drive, the application said.

Young got out of the informant's car and got the crack cocaine from a man later identified as Henderson, according to the application. At that point, task force agents arrested all three men, the application said.

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