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Taneytown man found guilty of assault against farmhand

Taneytown man found guilty of assault against farmhand

A Carroll County judge found a Taneytown man guilty Monday of an April first-degree assault.

Ronald Lamar Few, 66, of the 3800 block of Fringer Road, took an Alford plea to one count of first-degree assault. In an Alford plea, defendants maintain their innocence but admit to the court that if the case were to go to trial, the state would likely be able to prove their guilt.

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Presiding Judge Richard Titus accepted the Alford plea and found Few guilty.

As part of the Alford plea, the state, represented by Circuit Court chief attorney Allan Culver, agreed to abandon the rest of the eight charges against Few, including one count of attempted murder.

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A Taneytown man has been charged with attempted first-degree murder after he allegedly tried to shoot a farmhand on his nephew's farm last spring.

According to the statement of facts, read by Culver, if the state had gone to trial, it would have found that Few went to his nephew's farm on April 29 and fired three bullets into a barn that was being used as a living quarters by farmhand Ross Stonesifer.

Few told police that he had picked up Stonesifer from the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and that Stonesifer had stolen 12 prescription pills from him. He also said that he said someone should kill Stonesifer, but denied that he had tried to kill him, according to the statement of facts.

Deputies with the Sheriff's Office who investigated the crime were able to match the shell casings found on the nephew's farm to a gun in Few's possession, according to the statement of facts.

Few was represented by the public defender's office chief attorney Judson Larrimore. Few's sentencing was deferred for up to 60 days.

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