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Judge sentences man who told beating victim he was a Satanist

Ronald Jay Redman got 10 years in prison with 6 years suspended

June 01, 2010|By DON AINES

HAGERSTOWN -- A Hagerstown man who told a beating victim he was a Satanist was sentenced Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to four years in prison.

Ronald Jay Redman, 46, of 251 Summit Ave., was sentenced by Judge W. Kennedy Boone III to 10 years in prison for second-degree assault with six of those years suspended. Redman was convicted by a jury April 26 of second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, according to court records.

Boone gave Redman an additional five-year suspended sentence on the reckless endangerment conviction, according to court records.

Redman had invoked Satan in a 1993 criminal offense in West Virginia, according to court records.

On Dec. 15, 2009, Hagerstown City Police responded to a reported disturbance at 265 S. Prospect St., Apt. 6. Inside the apartment, officers found three men, including Redman, according to the statement of probable cause.

When police asked what was going on, Redman said they had been pretending to be professional wrestlers, records show. Redman's clothing was covered with blood and Jared Smith was bleeding from his face, the statement said.

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Redman arrived at the apartment drunk and "began to talk about his Satanic religion," records show. Redman punched and choked Smith and told him "you might be the one laying dead for my ritual," according to the statement.

Redman pushed Smith against a wall and used a knife to stab holes in the wall around Smith's head, the statement of probable cause alleges.

Smith initially did not want police involved and said he was going to walk to Washington County Hospital for treatment, records show. As Smith was walking away, Redman came out of the apartment and began following him, the statement said.

Smith then agreed to speak with police, records show.

Redman still faces assault charges from a separate incident the same day in the same apartment, Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson said.

Wilson said Redman was convicted of a 1993 sexual assault in Berkeley County, W.Va. The arrest warrant in that case included a statement from the victim in which he stated that Redman "started talking about Satan."

"The Devil needs three things -- your mind, body and soul," Redman told the man, according to the statement. Redman threatened to kill the man, choked him and forced him to perform a sex act, the statement said.

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