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Hagerstown man charged with trying to intimidate or influence a witness

July 16, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown man awaiting trial in a series of armed robberies has been charged with trying to intimidate or influence a witness.

Sean Eric Scott, 44, of 216 N. Cannon Ave., Apt. 3, also is charged with solicitation to intimidate a juror, Washington County District Court records said. He was being held Monday on $250,000 bond, a figure that was reduced to a personal recognizance bond after a bail-review hearing before District Judge Mark D. Thomas.

However, Scott was still being held on $2.5 million bond at the Washington County Detention Center on charges he participated in armed robberies at United Petroleum on Pennsylvania Avenue on Dec. 14, 2011, Wayne’s Country Store on West Washington Street on Jan. 5 and the 7-Eleven on Salem Avenue on Jan. 7, and an attempted holdup of Motel 6 on Massey Boulevard on Jan. 7, court records said.

Scott is accused of having a recently released detention center inmate deliver a note to the home of a woman who could be called as a prosecution witness in one of his upcoming criminal cases, according to the application for statement of charges filed by the Hagerstown Police Department.

The former inmate handed the note to a man at the woman’s home and, after the man read the note, took it back and left, the charging document said. The man delivered the note on July 6 or 7, the document said.

“Talk to (the woman) about not coming to court to testify. This is Sean ...,” the note read, according to the charging document.

Intimidation of a witness carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, the charging document said.

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