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Local man who sent cell phone threat sentenced

August 23, 2010|By DON AINES

A Hagerstown man who sent a cell phone photo of himself holding a gun along with a threatening text message to his victims was sentenced Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to five years in state prison.

Edward Thomas Fear, 18, of 6508 Sharpsburg Pike, was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Circuit Judge John H. McDowell, who suspended half of the sentence. Fear will spend two years on probation after his release, court records show.

Fear entered a guilty plea July 12 to use of a handgun in a crime of violence, court records show. Three counts each of reckless endangerment and second-degree assault, and single counts of first-degree assault, illegal possession of a handgun and possession of a firearm by a person under the age of 21 were dismissed, court records show.

Hagerstown Police were called March 2 to the 600 block of North Mulberry Street for a report of a man with a handgun demanding to be let into a house, according to the statement of probable cause in the case. When police arrived, Fear was ordered to the ground at gunpoint, but no firearm was found, the statement said.

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A witness told police that Fear gave the gun to another male, who ran off, the statement of probable cause said. Steve Allen Hambleton, then 17, of Sharpsburg, was discovered on East Avenue, subdued and found to be carrying a revolver, the statement said.

Hambleton was sentenced in June to two years in prison for his role in the incident, court records show.

One of the victims told police that Fear had been sending threatening text messages, the first of which read, "Look I aint bothered nun of yal but I promise u ur house wont be so pretty if I dnt get my (belongings) tonite," the statement of probable cause said.

That was followed by the photo of Fear with a revolver and the text, "as u kan c aint nobody ... playin," the statement of probable cause said. There were other threatening text messages sent by Fear, the statement said.

In a phone call, Fear threatened to "bust in the front door and put a pistol" in someone's mouth, the statement of probable cause said.

Shortly before police were called, one of the victims at the house said she opened the door to see Fear on the front porch pointing the handgun at her and her two brothers, the statement said.

Fear wanted one of the victims to return a cell phone, although ownership of the phone was in dispute, the statement of probable cause said.

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