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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 PEPPER BALLARD | October 26, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - Jack L. Hammersla Jr. acknowledged before his first trial on first-degree murder charges that prosecutors wanted to send him to prison for life without the possibility of parole if they gained a conviction. Prosecutors say that notice should get him the same sentence for his second conviction. On Tuesday, in a response to a defense motion seeking to strike life without parole as a sentencing option, Washington County Deputy State's Attorney Steven Kessell and Assistant State's Attorney Viki Pauler said they never withdrew their first written notice - signed by Hammersla on May 19, 2004 - before the start of the Oct. 2 retrial.
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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 PEPPER BALLARD | October 6, 2005
HAGERSTOWN pepperb@herald-mail.com A tearful Chad Grant held a framed photograph of William "Billy" Grant and looked into the blank eyes of the man who killed his father. "Your son gets to sit here and look at you," Grant, 20, told Steven Linn Barr, the framed picture shaking with his every word. "This is all I've got: pictures. I just hope it was worth it," Grant said. Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III on Wednesday sentenced Barr to serve life plus 30 years in state prison for the first-degree murder of William Grant, 46, the attempted first-degree murder of Cathy Myers, 45, and the use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence.
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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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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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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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May 2, 2009
Tractor-trailer crash closes I-70 for hours Woman struck while crossing Hagerstown street Teacher accused of relationship with student, 14 Pryor pleads guilty to two murders, will serve life without parole Swine flu has local health officials on alert
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