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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | February 10, 2011
A Franklin County (Pa.) Court jury Thursday found Michael Harrigan guilty of voluntary manslaughter for fatally shooting his neighbor last spring. Harrigan, 30, was convicted of killing Steven Wetzel, 47, early on May 27, 2010, a first-degree felony that carries a maximum penalty of 20 years. While his family and friends prayed and cried quietly, Harrigan sat emotionless as the verdict was read after four hours of jury deliberation. Tears streamed down his wife's face as she clutched their toddler.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | January 29, 2005
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Saying it is the best solution for the community as a whole, a Circuit Court judge on Friday accepted a plea bargain that allowed Kirk Grantham to plead no contest to voluntary manslaughter. Grantham, 27, of Martinsburg, was sentenced to serve three years in prison, but was to be immediately released because of good behavior. Grantham was charged with beating and shooting Marvin Redman, 35, on June 15, 2003, in the parking lot of Capital Heights, an apartment complex outside of Martinsburg.
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By DAVE McMILLION | January 7, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. ? A juror in the Raymond Hoak voluntary manslaughter trial in November testified Monday in a hearing that she was the juror who had a note with penalties for possible verdicts written on it. Jurors are not supposed to have penalties for possible verdicts, and Hoak's attorney Paul Taylor is asking Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Thomas W. Steptoe Jr. for a new trial for Hoak because of the discovery of the note. Mary Mauck testified that the note was "for me only" and was not shared with other jurors.
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by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | June 27, 2003
A Hagerstown man has requested a jury trial on negligent vehicular manslaughter charges in connection with an accident on Mount Aetna Road that claimed two lives in October 2002. Matthew David Meyer, 23, of 11010 Sani Lane, was charged in April in the deaths of Gerald Eugene Dietrich, 59, and Mary Ellen Dietrich, 61, who lived in the 2000 block of Academy Lane in Hagerstown. Charging documents allege that Meyer was driving at a high rate of speed in the 20200 block of Mount Aetna Road on Oct. 23, 2002, when his vehicle struck the Dietrichs' pickup head on. Meyer was injured in the wreck.
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By ERIN JULIUS | November 17, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- A Smithsburg man on Monday entered an Alford plea to a charge of manslaughter by vehicle in the May 25 death of 35-year-old Debra Reed Fields-Jordan, who was riding a motorcycle when the accident occurred. Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III sentenced Harry William "Billy" Shrader Jr. to serve the maximum sentence of 10 years in prison on the vehicular manslaughter charge. Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges the state has enough evidence for a conviction.
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February 15, 2008
A Rouzerville, Pa., man has been charged with manslaughter in the death of a 22-year-old who was found dead from a head injury in his Liberty Street home in November. Police say Darrow Lee Shupp, 29, of 1827 Broad Street, punched the victim, knocking him out and causing him to fall and strike his head on the pavement, according to charging documents filed in Washington County District Court. Shupp, who also was charged with second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday, and the charges were forwarded to Washington County Circuit Court.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | June 16, 2006
HAGERSTOWN A 75-year-old Clear Spring man pleaded guilty Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to causing a December 2005 car accident that claimed the life of a 21-year-old Hagerstown man. Bowing a head of white curly hair, Wayne Eugene Baker Sr. pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence in the Dec. 1, 2005, accident in which Dalen Daniel Snell was killed. Baker was drunk when his car collided head-on with a car in which Snell was riding, Washington County Assistant State's Attorney John B. Dunlap said.
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By TRISH RUDDER | February 12, 2008
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- A judge must decide whether to accept a no-contest plea from a man whose felony conviction in the traffic death of a bicyclist was overturned by the West Virginia Supreme Court. A Morgan County, W.Va., jury in February 2005 convicted Brian Daniel Murray of a felony charge of failure to render aid in the death of Justin McAnulty. McAnulty was riding a bicycle on U.S. 522 north in Morgan County in June 2004, when he was struck by a car driven by Murray, according to court records.
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By JOSHUA BOWMAN | June 13, 2008
The driver of a vehicle involved in a 2007 crash that claimed the life of his pregnant girlfriend pleaded guilty to negligent manslaughter Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court. Javaughn Allen Young, 21, was sentenced to 10 years in prison with five years suspended. He received credit for the 169 days he already has served. Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. also ordered Young to serve four years of supervised probation. Three other charges against Young related to the crash, including driving on a suspended license, driving on a highway without a required license and attempting to elude police, were dropped in exchange for the plea.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | July 13, 2012
A St. Thomas Township, Pa., man who was sentenced to a minimum of six years in state prison for the shooting death of his wife was back in court Friday asking that his plea be withdrawn based on bad advice from his attorney. Christopher T. Jones, 33, said the advice his former attorney, David S. Keller, gave him was not effective, and was the reason he entered a guilty plea to voluntary manslaughter before Judge Shawn Meyers in January. Jones is serving a six- to 14-year prison sentence for the shooting death of his 27-year-old wife, Kristin Runyon.
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