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by PEPPER BALLARD | June 8, 2005
pepperb@herald-mail.com One of two brothers sentenced to life in prison for the 1979 murder of a Hagerstown man has been denied relief from his sentence, Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell ruled in an opinion filed last week. Charles Bruce Franklin, 49, alleged in a petition filed Oct. 8, 2004, that his defense attorney, now a Circuit judge, coerced him to plead guilty to the Aug. 26, 1979, murder of Raymond King. Under an agreement that the prosecution would not seek the death penalty, Franklin and his brother, Warren Douglas Franklin, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in connection with King's death and received life sentences, according to the opinion.
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September 25, 1997
By DON AINES Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Michael Alan Newell met with his attorney Wednesday for about an hour as his Friday preliminary hearing approaches on charges that he kidnapped and murdered his niece, 7-year-old Jessica Lynn Newell. Berkeley County Public Defender Aaron Amore was appointed Wednesday by Circuit Judge Thomas Steptoe to represent Michael Newell, who was arrested Monday by West Virginia State Police. Police and scores of FBI agents were involved in the investigation, which began following the disappearance of the Baker Heights girl from Pikeside Bowl last Thursday.
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April 19, 2001
Man charged with threatening judge By MARLO BARNHART marlob@herald-mail.com A man charged Wednesday with verbally threatening a Washington County Circuit judge who detained his son moments earlier has been jailed on $125,000 bond. Charles Edward Southard Jr., 36, of 537 Ridge Ave., could face up to three years in jail and/or a $2,500 fine if convicted of the charge of threatening a public official, a misdemeanor. The charge was brought by Hagerstown City Police Officer Steve Magaha who was seated outside Courtroom 3 Wednesday waiting for a case to be called in Washington County Juvenile Court, according to court records.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | March 30, 2004
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG - A Martinsburg woman testified Monday that a little more than a month ago her estranged boyfriend stabbed her with an ice pick 23 times, causing wounds to her eye, lung, neck, chest, back, shoulder and head. Charles William Newman, 27, of 52 Phlox Lane, was charged Feb. 26 with one felony count of malicious wounding. He is charged in the stabbing of Tina Butts. After the preliminary hearing Monday afternoon in Berkeley County Magistrate Court, Magistrate Kristy Greer found probable cause to forward the case to Circuit Court for possible grand jury indictment.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | November 2, 1999
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man has been charged with the Monday night shooting of his brother-in-law following a dispute over rent, according to records in Berkeley County Magistrate Court. cont. from front page Joseph G. Hendrickson, 25, of 902 N. Third St., was charged with malicious wounding and released on $2,500 bond, police said. His brother-in-law, Christopher Custer, 28, of the same address, was listed in good condition at City Hospital on Tuesday after being shot in the chest, according to Martinsburg City Police and a hospital spokeswoman.
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October 16, 2000
Shoplifting plea brings suspended sentence By JULIE E. GREENE / Staff Writer A Hagerstown woman pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft Monday in Washington County Circuit Court for stealing two Sony PlayStation games from Ames Department Store. Jodi Marie Faith, 24, of North Mulberry Street, was given a 30-day suspended sentence in the Washington County Detention Center by Judge John H. McDowell. McDowell said previous difficulties Faith had with substance abuse and an abusive relationship with the father of two of her children may have contributed to her actions.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | December 11, 2002
andrews@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - A charge of attempted murder against a Hagerstown woman was dropped Tuesday as part of a plea bargain, allowing her to move away from the area to be with her family. After Aletha Tonea Brantley pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III sentenced her to time served in jail, which amounted to 113 days. Brantley was charged in July with attempted first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and openly carrying a dangerous and deadly weapon with intent to injure.
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April 15, 1997
By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer After unsuccessfully defending himself in his 1995 trial for the murder of his wife, Timothy Ray Sucik has decided he again doesn't want an attorney when he is resentenced. Washington County Circuit Judge Fred Wright on Monday advised Sucik that he had a right to a public defender to represent him at that sentencing, as yet unscheduled. "This is meaningless to me," Sucik said after telling Wright he didn't want an attorney to represent him. Maryland's highest court ruled in February that Sucik must be resentenced because a pre-sentence investigation was not conducted before he was sentenced.
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by JULIE E. GREENE | August 1, 2002
julieg@herald-mail.com Sentencing was delayed Wednesday for two Hagerstown teenagers charged in a series of strong-arm robberies that began in the city late last year. A Hagerstown man and three male juveniles were charged in March in connection with one or more of nine strong-arm robberies that began in November 2001 and continued to March 1, Hagerstown City Police said. The four were friends who trolled the city streets looking for vulnerable people to rob, police have said.
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February 28, 2001
Man sentenced in daughter's rape By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Philadelphia man charged with raping his 13-year-old daughter was sentenced in Franklin County Court Wednesday to from 10 to 20 years in the State Correctional Institution, the maximum penalty he could receive. "Frankly, the statements you have made may be an explanation, but they are no excuse. You are here to be sentenced, to be punished," said Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Carol Van Horn.
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