Keymar man, 53, found guilty in shooting at car; He believes his wife, brother were in car


A Keymar man was found guilty yesterday of firing a shotgun at a car in the mistaken belief that his wife and his brother were inside.

Franklin E. Hagan, 53, of the 2100 block of Bruceville-Frederick Road pleaded not guilty, but agreed to accept the prosecutor's version of what happened the night of June 30 and early morning of July 1.

Carroll Circuit Judge Michael M. Galloway found Hagan guilty of two counts of first-degree assault. He ordered a psychological evaluation before sentencing, set for April 19.

Hagan became angry when his wife and brother left home to go out, according to prosecutor Clarence W. Beall III, outlining the state's case. Hagan tried to follow them. He failed and returned home, where he told his stepdaughter and her boyfriend to move out.

The young couple left in a 1988 Oldsmobile, but later returned to find Hagan armed and hiding behind garbage cans near the end of the driveway, Beall said.

After yelling at the car's occupants, Hagan fired a 12-gauge shotgun and several shots struck the trunk of the car, Beall said.

Hagan did not testify, but Brian Green, a public defender representing Hagan, said his client still believes his wife and brother were in the Oldsmobile.

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