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Former Hagerstown man gets time served after Alford plea to robbery charges

Dwight Orin Lewis Jr., was charged in the case of a man robbed at gunpoint, who had been beaten with a bat

January 16, 2013

A former Hagerstown man charged with participating in a 2011 robbery in which the victim was struck with a baseball bat, was given a sentence of seven months and 24 days time served after entering an Alford plea this week in Washington County Circuit Court to criminal conspiracy to commit robbery.

Dwight Orin Lewis Jr., 35, was charged in 2012 with a Sept. 28, 2011, robbery on the 12000 block of Pine Hill Drive, Hagerstown, according to charging documents filed by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to Pine Hill Drive for a report of shots fired and found Frederick Sheldon Cade III, who told them he had been robbed at gunpoint on the street and beaten with a baseball bat by two men.

Cade told investigators he was going to a house to meet a woman when he was attacked by the men.

An Alford plea is not an admission of guilt, but an acknowledgment that the state has enough evidence that it could get a conviction.

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In exchange for the plea, charges including armed robbery, assault, theft and reckless endangerment were dismissed, court records said.

Judge Daniel P. Dwyer sentenced Lewis on Tuesday to eight years in prison with all but the time he had served suspended, court records said. However, he was still being held in the county detention center on unrelated charges, a detention center officer said.

Lewis was wanted on the robbery charges when he was arrested on drug charges on May 25, 2012, on drug charges by the Washington County Narcotics Task Force, according to Washington County District Court records. At the time of his arrest, his address was in Greencastle, Pa., but court records showed he previously lived at various Hagerstown area addresses.

The woman Cade was supposed to meet, Meghan Lynne Rowland, 21, of Hagerstown, entered an Alford plea in March 2012 to conspiracy to commit robbery and was sentenced to two years in prison, court records said.

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