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by PEPPER BALLARD | October 24, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - Attorneys for Jack L. Hammersla Jr. filed a motion Monday that seeks to strike life without the possibility of parole as a sentencing option for their client, who was convicted of Shirley P. Finfrock's Nov. 12, 2003, bludgeoning death, court records show. Hammersla, 49, is to be sentenced Nov. 21 by Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, according to court records. A Circuit jury convicted Hammersla on Oct. 6 of first-degree felony murder and second-degree murder, among lesser charges, in Finfrock's death at her Smithsburg home.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | March 14, 2007
ANNAPOLIS - Anguished stories of abuse and death were aired Tuesday at a state bill hearing on eliminating parole for certain sex offenders. The bill would force people at least 18 years old whose sex-crime victims were younger than 13 to serve all of their mandatory minimum sentences. Maryland hasn't been immune from the "worst of the worst" sex-abuse cases, Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, testified, recalling the 2000 sexual assault and death of 9-year-old Christopher Ausherman in Frederick, Md. Shank is sponsoring the House version of the bill, which is titled "Jessica's Law" after a 9-year-old Florida girl raped and killed in 2005.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | January 27, 2005
pepperb@herald-mail.com A man with a history of eluding police walked right into their hands Tuesday at Washington County Courthouse, turning himself in after discovering that he still owed time for a Washington County conviction after being paroled from a Pennsylvania prison. Donald Carlton Norris, 31, who has an extensive criminal record, including holding police at bay for more than two hours in 1998, was sentenced by Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley on Oct. 12, 2004, to serve six years in prison after he admitted to violating probation, according to court records.
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By DAVE McMILLION | September 16, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Apart from a judge's last words, little was said Monday about the slaying of Tina Marie Starcher as the first man convicted in the case was sentenced. No family members of Starcher were in the courtroom as Fred Dwayne Douty II, 29, was sentenced, and Douty made no comment as Berkeley County Circuit Judge David Sanders sentenced him to life in prison with the chance of parole after 15 years. Douty's sentence was the result of a plea in which the Martinsburg man pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and agreed to testify against co-defendant Anthony Charles Juntilla.
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By DON AINES | August 20, 2010
A Hagerstown man charged with possession of marijuana and crack cocaine after members of the Hagerstown Police Department's Street Crime Unit pulled up beside a parked vehicle and saw him handling a bag of marijuana was sentenced this week in Washington County Circuit Court to 3 1/2 years in prison. Aaron Smallwood Jr., 29, of 209 N. Mulberry St., was convicted Tuesday by a jury and his sentencing was delayed until Wednesday. Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael told Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III that Smallwood has two previous drug distribution convictions in Maryland.
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BY ANDREW SCHOTZ | March 26, 2002
Saul Joseph Stanley was sentenced Monday to life in prison, with the possibility of parole, for the murder of William Leonard Messersmith 15 months ago. Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III was required by law to sentence Stanley, 24, to life in prison. Boone was free to choose whether to make parole a possibility. Boone said during Monday's hearing that he considered a pre-sentence report, written statements by Messersmith's family, Stanley's age and criminal record and other factors.
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by Pepper Ballard | September 16, 2005
The Washington County Sheriff's Department is seeking the public's help in finding a former Hagerstown man who is registered as a child sex offender and now wanted on a parole retake warrant, Sgt. Art Overcash said. David Howard Shapiro, 40, previously resided in Hagerstown, Overcash said. Shapiro cannot be found and is considered wanted through a parole retake warrant, which means he is wanted for violating a condition of his parole, Overcash said. Shapiro was convicted in Prince George's County, Md., in October 2002 of third-degree sex offense, Overcash said.
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July 31, 2010
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Police are seeking a Franklin County Jail inmate who failed to return from work release Saturday morning, according to a press release from Warden John Wetzel. The inmate, James Vrdzick, 21, was incarcerated July 2 for a parole violation on an original charge of receiving stolen property, Wetzel said. He has about 16 months left on his parole, Wetzel said. Vrdzick's last known address was in Falling Waters, W.Va. His work-release job was in the Chambersburg area, Wetzel said.
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By DON AINES | December 11, 1998
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A routine check of license plates outside a motel off Interstate 75 in Troy, Ohio, resulted in the arrest Thursday morning of Todd A. Dorsett, the Waynesboro, Pa., lawyer who has been missing for a month. "This morning, at about 3:44 a.m., one of our officers was checking license plates in the Motel 6 parking lot," Capt. James Fox of the Troy Police Department said Thursday. He said the plate numbers were run on the National Crime Information Computer system and "came back with a hit on Mr. Dorsett.
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by ERIN JULIUS | May 25, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - A 28-year-old man could spend the rest of his life in prison for the July 2006 murder of a young mother who was shot in the head as she stood on East Franklin Street. Demetrius P. McDaniels was sentenced Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to life in prison plus 50 years. McDaniels stood quietly and said nothing as Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. read the sentence and recited McDaniels' post-trial rights. McDaniels was convicted of first-degree murder and other crimes March 1 in the death of 21-year-old Trisiviah Rodriguez.
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