Hampstead man is put on probation for assaulting girlfriend, killing parrot

December 02, 1997

A Hampstead man was placed on five years' supervised probation after his four-year prison sentence was suspended yesterday for time he has served since his arrest in April on charges of assaulting his former girlfriend and her pet parrot, court records show.

Christopher E. McDermott, 23, was incarcerated April 28, the day after he struck the woman in her face with a telephone, kicked her, threatened to kill her and killed her pet with a penknife.

He also caused about $1,000 in damage to her Hampstead home, police said.

McDermott pleaded not guilty but, according to a plea agreement, did not contest the prosecutor's version of what happened.

Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns found McDermott guilty of second-degree assault and animal cruelty.

He also sentenced McDermott to a concurrent four-year term and suspended the balance of the term for time served after finding the defendant guilty of reckless endangerment in a Jan. 12 incident during which McDermott fired a .38-caliber pistol near the woman's 4-year-old daughter, who was in her mother's bedroom.

The woman was living in Westminster at the time, court records show.

Burns ordered that the Carroll County Health Department evaluate McDermott to determine whether the defendant's taking of daily medication should be supervised.

Burns also ordered him to have no contact with the woman.

Fire

Manchester: Firefighters from Lineboro, Westminster, Hampstead, Gamber, Reese, Pleasant Hill, Pa., and Littlestown, Pa., assisted Manchester at 8: 51 p.m. Saturday, responding to a two-alarm house fire in the 3100 block of Eckard Road. Units were out four hours.

Harney: Firefighters responded at 11: 30 a.m. Saturday to a building fire in the 3700 block of Baltimore Pike. Units were out 40 minutes.

Pub Date: 12/02/97

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