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Man pleads guilty to firearms charge

January 09, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A man who was arrested carrying a loaded AK-47 rifle and wearing military fatigues the day before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks pleaded guilty Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to carrying a firearm while being a fugitive from justice.

Woodrow Allen Carmack III, of 13438 Clopper Road, near Leitersburg, was sentenced to five years in state prison by Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr.

In exchange for Carmack’s plea, the state dismissed charges of carrying a concealed dangerous weapon, reckless endangerment and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Long gave Carmack credit for time served since his Sept. 10, 2011, arrest.

Washington County Assistant State’s Attorney Gina Cirincion told Long that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will not pursue federal charges because of the plea agreement.

On the night in question, Hagerstown Police received a report of an armed man walking in the area of the 700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, Cirincion said in reading the statement of facts. Officers approached Carmack with their weapons drawn and ordered him to the ground, but he attempted to flee on foot, and officers fired Tasers at him, she said.

Carmack, who was an escapee from Bucks County, Pa., had an AK-47 rifle with a 30-round magazine and another 95 rounds of ammunition in a duffel bag, Cirincion told Long. At the time of his arrest, Carmack had outstanding arrest warrants in Washington County, she said.

After being taken into custody, Carmack said he was going to kill people and “there are others just like me,” Cirincion told Long. That caused police to look for other possible suspects that night, she said.

Assistant Public Defender Carl Creeden said Carmack wanted to sell the assault rifle to a family member to get money to leave the area. As for the statements about killing people, Creeden said Carmack was going in and out of consciousness when they were made.

“I realize it was a bad day to carry around such a weapon,” Creeden told Long, speaking of the 9/11 anniversary.

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