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Man pleads guilty to shooting son


A Finksburg man pleaded guilty yesterday to shooting his son during a domestic dispute in March, and a Carroll Circuit judge sentenced him to 18 months in the Carroll County Detention Center.

Normand H. Hodges of the 1800 block of Tank Road pleaded guilty to one count of reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor, in exchange for the sentence and the dropping of five other charges, including attempted first-degree murder.

Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. sentenced Mr. Hodges to five years, then suspended all but 18 months. He will allow Mr. Hodges to leave jail daily to go to work.

According to court records, Darryl N. Hodges, 32, of Baltimore, became involved in an argument with his father shortly before noon March 4.

The younger man had gone to his father's home to pick up belongings he had left when he moved not long before, according to the documents.

Police investigators said the father accused his son of taking things that did not belong to him.

One shot was fired from a .32-caliber handgun, and the bullet lodged in the younger man's right shoulder, police said.

Darryl Hodges was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was treated and released.

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