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Westminster man enters plea for 2014 assault with knife

Treaquan Quazell Jones was sentenced to nine years in prison with all but 18 months suspended for cutting another man in the face during an argument. Full story: <a href="http://bit.ly/1QnBHn7">http://bit.ly/1QnBHn7</a>
Treaquan Quazell Jones was sentenced to nine years in prison with all but 18 months suspended for cutting another man in the face during an argument. Full story: http://bit.ly/1QnBHn7(HANDOUT)

A Westminster man was sentenced to nine years in prison with all but 18 months suspended for cutting another man in the face during an argument.

Treaquan Quazell Jones, 28, of the 4900 block of Old Hanover Road, pleaded not guilty but agreed not to challenge the state's version of the facts to one count of first-degree assault.

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Judge Michael M. Galloway gave Jones credit for almost a year of time served toward the 18-month sentence. Jones has been held at the Carroll County Detention Center since May 26, 2014.

Westminster Police Department officers were sent to Carroll Hospital around 12:50 a.m. on May 9, 2014 for a report of a knife attack, according to the statement of facts read into the record by Assistant State's Attorney R. Aron Benjamin.

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Victim Tyrell Jones — no relation — said he was on Pennsylvania Avenue and got into an altercation with a man he knew as "Miami," Benjamin said. Miami, later identified as Treaquan Jones, brandished a knife and cut Tyrell Jones in the cheek.

Galloway said Treaquan Jones had a relatively minor criminal record. Benjamin said he has prior convictions for marijuana possession.

"Any time a weapon is involved in a fight ... I really take that very seriously," Galloway said.

If Jones violates his probation by being involved in violent activity again, Galloway said he will impose the balance of the sentence.

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