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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | December 17, 2010
Sentenced to state prison in September for a second-degree assault conviction, a Smithsburg man was back in Washington County Circuit Court Thursday to plead guilty to first-degree assault for slashing a man with a knife in May. Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. sentenced Robert B. Heare, 28, of 7B N. Main St., to 20 years in state prison with 10 years suspended. That will run concurrent with the 10-year sentence, with five years suspended, that he received when sentenced in September. "It's clear you have committed a number of violent crimes," Long told Heare after Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson read off the defendant's criminal history, which included an eight-year state prison sentence in 2000 for another first-degree assault conviction.
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October 21, 2005
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - One of two men who pleaded guilty in a series of armed robberies and burglaries last year was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to eight to 25 years in state prison. Matthew L. Saunders, 27, of 1907 Johnson Road, was sentenced on two counts of robbery and one count of burglary by Judge Douglas Herman. Saunders pleaded guilty to the charges Aug. 26 in exchange for charges involving another robbery and other burglaries being dismissed, according to court records.
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by DON AINES | February 5, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Bail has been set for a Chambersburg man whose conviction for allegedly battering his wife with an angel figurine was overturned last year by the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Franklin County Judge Richard J. Walsh set bail at $40,000 for 52-year-old Thomas Lee Amerson. At a recent bail modification hearing, Amerson's attorney Eric Weisbrod requested an unsecured bond, while Assistant District Attorney Jeremiah Zook asked the judge for $150,000 cash bail. The Superior Court overturned Thomas Amerson's 2005 conviction for aggravated assault and terroristic threats, citing his trial attorney's failure to request that the jury be instructed that it could consider convicting him of simple assault.
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By DON AINES | April 10, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., man who beat three children with clothes hangers will spend the next five to 10 years in state prison and then be turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation. Christian Luna Hidalgo, 26, of 231 W. North St., was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to the mandatory minimum of five years in prison for aggravated assault against children under the age of 13, an offense to which he pleaded no contest on March 5. He also entered pleas of no contest to two counts of endangering the welfare of children.
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August 13, 2009
CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) -- The trial of a former correctional officer charged in the beating of inmates at a state prison in Cumberland is under way. The trial of 36-year-old Richard Robinson of Cumberland began Wednesday in Allegany County Circuit Court and is expected to last four days. Robinson is the third former officer to be tried on inmate brutality charges stemming from an attack on six inmates at the maximum-security North Branch Correctional Institution in March 2008.
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by STACEY DANZUSO | March 27, 2003
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man accused of following two women home, forcing his way inside and assaulting one of them, will spend a minimum of 46 months in state prison. As part of a no contest plea, Jeffrey Keith, 39, of 7 S. Federal St., Chambersburg, was sentenced on charges of simple assault, criminal trespass and terroristic threats earlier this month in Franklin County Court. A no contest plea means a defendant is not admitting guilt, but will offer no defense.
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April 15, 2012
A person with minor injuries was taken to Meritus Medical Center on Sunday morning after a vehicle hit a utility pole in front of The Feed Bin, an agricultural supplier on Lappans Road, authorities said. The pole was broken, Maryland State Police said. The incident in front of 18642 Lappans Road was reported at 6:55 a.m. Sunday, according to Washington County Emergency Services. That stretch of Lappans Road is south of the state prison complex. - Julie E. Greene
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by STACEY DANZUSO | February 21, 2003
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Harrisonville, Pa., man who did not show up at his sentencing in Franklin County Court despite multiple postponements was sentenced in absentia Wednesday to serve a minimum of nine months in state prison on drug- and alcohol-related charges. Philip B. Roberts, who lived in Waynesboro, Pa., and Chambersburg at the time of the incidents, previously pleaded guilty to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of driving under the influence, according to court records.
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September 24, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man was sentenced Monday in Franklin County Court to serve time in state prison after his second trial conviction on drug charges. Thailand V. Dickerson, 43, of 116 S. Second St., was convicted last week in a trial before Judge Carol Van Horn on a charge of possession with intent to deliver cocaine. Van Horn sentenced Dickerson to 33 months to 10 years. On Aug. 30, 2007, the Chambersburg Police Department used a confidential informant to purchase $100 worth of crack cocaine from Dickerson, according to the affidavit of probable cause.
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by STACEY DANZUSO | August 30, 2002
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A man charged with sexually assaulting a woman while she slept on a friend's couch last fall was sentenced Wednesday to serve at least three years in state prison. Jason Kline, 23, of no fixed address, previously pleaded no contest to one count of sexual assault in the Nov. 10 incident, according to court records. A no contest plea means the defendant is not admitting guilt, but it will not offer any defense. Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Carol Van Horn ordered him to serve 36 to 77 months in state prison, have no contact with the victim, undergo DNA testing and comply with the registration requirements under Megan's Law. She gave Kline credit for 9 months and 12 days that he has served in Franklin County Prison.
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