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Local teen sentenced on robbery conspiracy charge

Judge suspends all but 18 months of an eight-years in state prison sentence

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

A 17-year-old Hagerstown teenager who pleaded guilty earlier this year to participating in a home invasion was sentenced Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to 18 months in the county detention center.

Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. gave Malik Anwar Scott, of 51 Avalon Ave., an eight-year state prison sentence for criminal conspiracy to commit robbery, suspending all but 18 months to be served in county detention.

On Feb. 10, Hagerstown Police went to Antietam Academy to speak with a male who told them four males entered his home in the 700 block of West Church Street the previous afternoon, according to the application for statement of charges.

That male told officers he knew the person who knocked on the door as “DJ,” a student from the academy, the charging document said. When he opened the door, DJ and three others rushed into the house, the document said.

DJ later was identified as a 14-year-old boy, the charging document said.

One of the males pulled a handgun from his sweat shirt, pushed the barrel into the victim's stomach and ordered him to sit down, the charging document said. That male asked the victim, “Who is messing with my little cousin?” the document said.

A third male walked up to the victim, removed his mask, pulled a handgun from his waistband and put it to the victim's head, the charging document said.

The victim told investigators one intruder had a cross tattoo on his face, according to a detective’s testimony at Scott’s preliminary hearing earlier this year.

The victim picked Scott from a photo lineup, although the picture used was taken before Scott got a tattoo on his face, the detective testified at the preliminary hearing.

One of the intruders handed Scott a laptop computer from the victim’s house and they left.

Scott was the victim in an unrelated criminal case last year. He was stabbed on Oct. 6, 2011, by Colin Wesley Williams, 19, of Hagerstown, who later pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in that case.

Williams was shot Oct. 17, 2011, by Dennis S. Marshall Jr., 18, of Hagerstown, who pleaded guilty earlier this year to second-degree attempted murder and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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