Westminster man sentenced to 18 months for assault convictions

March 28, 2000|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Westminster man was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in the Carroll County jail for assaulting two women and resisting arrest.

Christopher P. Blizzard, 27, of the 300 block of Stoner Ave. pleaded not guilty but agreed to accept the prosecutor's version of what happened in the three cases against him.

Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. called the statement of facts against Blizzard "frightening" and praised police for using "amazing restraint" while making the arrest in July as Blizzard fought with and spat on officers and emergency workers.

"Your conduct was uncivilized," said Beck, before imposing a 10-year sentence for a second-degree assault in December 1998; he suspended all but 18 months of the term. Beck also found Blizzard guilty of second-degree assault and resisting arrest -- both charges spring from a July 11 incident -- and imposed two concurrent five-year terms, suspending all but 18 months of each sentence.

After his release, Blizzard will be on five years' probation. He may have no contact with one of his victims, whom he pushed down a flight of stairs. He may have no adverse contact with the other.

The judge also ordered that Blizzard, who has a history of mental illness and alcohol problems, take his medication as directed and participate in any recommended counseling.

Blizzard apologized to the victims, telling Beck he had made a lot of bad choices in the past.

"I don't want to use my problems as an excuse," he said. "It's my responsibility to change my life."

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