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Hagerstown man sentenced to three years in shooting death outside Club Zero

July 16, 2012
  • Brock Jerome Smith
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Hagerstown man was sentenced Monday to three years in prison for the January 2011 shooting death of Damon M. Scott.

Brock Jerome Smith, who pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in May, was ordered by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes to pay $15,000 in restitution.

In a separate hearing Monday, Smith waived extradition to Washington County, Md., where he faces prosecution for a probation violation, court officials said.

Scott was shot just after 3 a.m. Jan. 15, 2011, outside of Club Zero, which operated at 1774 Winchester Ave., just south of Martinsburg.

Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely said in May that Smith and Scott knew each other, and that they were in prison together in Maryland.

Club Zero’s license was canceled after the shooting, according to state records.

Police found 9 mm shell casings outside the club after the shooting, but the firearms used in the shooting were never found, Games-Neely has said.

Games-Neely previously told the court that Scott’s family had been in agreement with the plea arrangement for some time.

No members of Scott’s family made statements at Monday’s hearing.

Evidentiary issues, intoxication of shooting witnesses, and the past relationship of Smith and Scott factored into the plea agreement that was reached, Games-Neely said.

— Matthew Umstead

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