Man charged in stabbing case pleads guilty to assault

April 17, 2012|By DON AINES |

HAGERSTOWN — A Boonsboro man charged with stabbing a man last fall will be sentenced at a later date after pleading guilty to second-degree assault Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Daniel Edward Romano, 22, of 8414 Tusings Way was originally charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, carrying a concealed dangerous weapon, and carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to injure, according to court records.

The attempted murder charges were dismissed at the preliminary hearing stage of the case in Washington County District Court, Assistant State’s Attorney Christopher McCormack said after the plea hearing.

On the night of Nov. 19, Hagerstown police went to a parking lot in the South End Shopping Center near Buffalo Wings & Beer on Maryland Avenue for a report of a stabbing, according to the statement of probable cause.

Aaron Jackson Putnam was found at the scene with a cut to his face and a stab wound to his back, the charging documents said.

Witnesses told police Romano had arrived at the parking lot in another man’s vehicle and had gotten into a verbal dispute with Putnam, who was in another vehicle, the documents said.

The argument between the two men turned physical. The man who drove Romano to the parking lot told police he saw Romano with a knife swinging at Putnam, the documents said.

McCormack told Circuit Court Judge John H. McDowell that the prosecution was seeking five years in prison for Romano, with defense attorney Edward Kuczynski able to argue for less time in prison.

However, McDowell ordered a presentence investigation be conducted before sentencing.

Putnam, who is in the Navy, was not present for the plea agreement and had not submitted a victim-impact statement, McCormack told the court.

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