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Father of two-year-old in accidental shooting pleads guilty to possession of PCP

Judge orders presentence investigaton report for Glenn Darvin Goode

April 19, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to possession of PCP in a case connected to the investigation of the accidental shooting of his 2-year-old son last year.

Glenn Darvin Goode, 52, of 12842 Little Elliott Drive, pleaded guilty to possession of the powerful hallucinogenic drug phencyclidine in exchange for the dismissal of a charge of contributing to the condition of a child in need of assistance, Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson said.

The dismissed charge carries a maximum sentence of three years, Wilson said. The possession charge has a maximum sentence of four years in prison.

Judge John H. McDowell ordered a presentence investigation report and deferred sentencing until it is completed.

Shortly after 1 a.m. on Sept. 27, 2010, Hagerstown police were called to Goode's home where his then-2-year-old son, Mario Longus, was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. The toddler found the stolen handgun under a bed, according to the charging documents in that case.

As of last month, Mario Longus remained paralyzed from the stomach down and lived in a licensed therapeutic foster home, according to the county Department of Social Services.

Mario's brother Marcus Longus, then 16, was charged as an adult with obstructing police, making false statements, leaving a firearm accessible to a minor and other firearms charges.

Marcus Longus is charged as an adult and is scheduled for a jury trial on Thursday.

Marcus Longus's girlfriend, Fantaisa Rivera, 17, of Hagerstown, was also charged as an adult with similar offenses, but her case was later transferred to Juvenile Court.

Criminal informations were later filed against Goode by the Washington County State's Attorney's Office, which stated the drugs were found on the same day and in the apartment.

Wilson said the charges were related to the investigation into the shooting of Mario Longus, who was paralyzed by his injuries.

"A search of the apartment uncovered a container that was determined to contain PCP," Wilson said after the plea agreement.

The container was found in the bedroom where the child was shot, he said.

"According to the Department of Social Services records, during a subsequent interview of the defendant, he admitted to having used or possessed PCP," Wilson said.

Defense attorney David Harbin declined to comment on the plea, pending completion of the presentence report.

Goode was scheduled for a jury trial Tuesday. He had also been scheduled for trial in March, but it was postponed when a member of the jury pool said during questioning that he knew Goode from drug and alcohol classes.

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