Va. man pleads guilty for role in assault on New Year's Eve

October 10, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Fairfax, Va., man pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice yesterday for his role in a New Year's Eve attack in North Laurel during which his brother ran over another man with a sport utility vehicle.

Douglas C. Smith, 45, encouraged his brother, Steven, to leave the scene on Gross Avenue and later lied to police, prosecutors said.

His sentencing before Howard Circuit Judge Dennis M. Sweeney is scheduled for Nov. 10.

Douglas Smith told police that the victim, Dennis Roy, "conned" his mother into giving Roy power of attorney to a house and other possessions, according to a statement of the case read in court yesterday.

The brothers confronted Roy at Steven Smith's home in Scaggsville on Dec. 31 and chased him through the neighborhood on foot and in the SUV, prosecutors said.

Steven Smith, 49, then drove over Roy on a Gross Avenue lawn, leaving visible tire marks on the victim's abdomen, according to the statement. He drove away after leaving Douglas Smith, who rifled through Roy's pockets, at the scene, prosecutors said. Douglas Smith was arrested that night.

Roy suffered a crushed pelvis and internal injuries, prosecutors said.

Steven Smith pleaded guilty to felony assault last month. He is scheduled for sentencing Dec. 4.

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