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Man gets 18 months in weapons case

August 24, 2010|By DON AINES

HAGERSTOWN -- A Hagerstown man for whom a jury in July failed to reach a verdict in a weapons case entered into a plea agreement this week in Washington County Circuit Court and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Preston Dwight Weedon, 22, of 36 E. Franklin St., Apt. 2, on Monday entered an Alford plea before Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III to a charge of having a handgun in a vehicle.

Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt, but acknowledges the state has sufficient evidence to gain a conviction.

In exchange for Weedon's plea, a charge of carrying a handgun on his person was dismissed, court records show.

In July, a jury was deadlocked 11-1 in favor of convicting Weedon, Boone said during Monday's plea hearing. He gave Weedon a three-year sentence, suspended half of it and ordered Weedon to spend two years on probation after his release from prison.

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Weedon was a back-seat passenger in a car pulled over by Hagerstown Police on North Mulberry Street on Sept. 25, 2009, according to the statement of probable cause in the case. Police were investigating a report of a theft in the area, the statement said.

A handgun was found in a Nike bag under the front passenger seat, the statement of probable cause said. It was determined that Weedon was carrying the bag on his back before getting into the car, the statement said.

Boone gave Weedon credit for time served since his arrest.

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