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DJ Stash, formerly of 98 Rock, receives jail sentence for probation violation

A former 98 Rock disc jockey and Harford County resident must remain in jail until the end of the summer for violating his probation stemming from a 2012 drunk-driving accident, a District Court judge ruled Tuesday.

Stephen G. "Stash" Smith, 50, of Bel Air, appeared with his attorney, David Resnick, of Baltimore, before Judge Susan Hazlett.

Smith, who has been held in the county jail without bond since late March, admitted to violating his probation by failing to abstain from using intoxicating substances.

Hazlett sentenced him to six months in jail, starting March 27, and he must serve the remainder of that time. She also revoked his probation.

Smith was involved in a serious three-vehicle traffic accident on Route 24 in Abingdon in July 2012; five people were injured in that crash, and Smith lost his job with 98 Rock, a station where he worked for more than 20 years.

Hazlett sentenced him to one year in jail, with six months suspended, after he pled guilty to one count of driving under the influence.

Smith was in the midst of three years of supervised probation when he was pulled over in the 3400 block of Route 22 on Feb. 3 and charged with DUI, as well as a series of other traffic charges, such as speeding and failing to have his vehicle equipped with an "interlock" device.

While in court Tuesday, Smith and his lawyer stressed the efforts he has made to turn his life around while being held in the Harford County Detention Center for the past few months.

"I'm 50 years old, and I'm just different, and I do not want to be this person that I have this record of being," Smith said.

Smith was dressed in a black and white-striped jail uniform, and he wore shackles while at the defense table.

He spoke about how he has missed critical "milestones" in the lives of his children, including high school and college graduations, and a birthday, while in jail.

Smith also noted he has been baptized in jail, and he was worked to set up an "after-care" program to help him remain sober once he is released and to help other people beat their addictions.

Resnick told the judge about the "Herculean" efforts his client has made to remain sober, and that he has taken advantage of every available treatment program.

"He has put his whole being into [serving his time]," Resnick said.

Resnick said Smith plans to move into a sober living facility once he is released.

"There's some motivation to do that," Hazlett said of Smith's efforts to get treatment. "He's got another case pending."

A jury trial on the charges from the Feb. 3 incident is scheduled for Oct. 14 in Harford County Circuit Court, according to online court records.

Assistant State's Attorney Daniel Salem noted Smith has a "fairly terrible" record.

"I just ask that he serve out the remainder of his sentence," Salem said.

Judge Hazlett concurred.

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