Local man pleads guilty to unauthorized use of motor vehicle

November 28, 2011|By DON AINES |

HAGERSTOWN — A Hagerstown teenager convicted of obstructing police in the 2010 accidental shooting of his brother, pleaded guilty Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to taking a woman’s car this summer.

Marcus Longus, 17, of 945 W. Washington St., was scheduled for a jury trial, but entered the plea to unauthorized use of a motor vehicle before Judge Daniel P. Dwyer, Assistant Public Defender Loren Villa said.
In exchange, charges of possession of a stolen handgun, possession of a firearm by a minor, having a handgun in a vehicle, having a handgun on his person and motor vehicle theft were dismissed, Villa said.
Dwyer sentenced Longus to time served since his arrest on July 20.

Hagerstown police had charged Longus with stealing a man’s handgun from a Little Elliott Drive apartment on June 28. On the same day, a woman living in that apartment agreed to allow Longus to use her vehicle, which police alleged he did not return.

When Longus was arrested on those charges in July he was not in possession of the weapon, Assistant State’s Attorney Christopher McCormack said.

The alleged thefts occurred just weeks after Longus was convicted of hindering police in the investigation of the Sept. 27, 2010, wounding of his then-2-year-old brother, Mario Longus, who apparently shot himself in the chest in the Little Elliott Drive apartment where the family then lived.

The stolen gun used in the shooting was removed from the apartment before police arrived and found in a nearby playground.

Marcus Longus was sentenced to 191 days he had already served in that case, court records said.

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