Trespass case appeal considered

November 03, 2006|By Tyrone Richardson | Tyrone Richardson,SUN REPORTER

David Richard Hlass, a former Columbia Association Council representative and one-time candidate for County Council, said he is considering appealing a recent trespassing conviction stemming from an incident involving his grown daughter at a county school last year.

A Howard County Circuit Court jury acquitted Hlass, a 52-year-old resident of Columbia, last week in his appeal of a March District Court conviction of second-degree assault. The jury, however, upheld the trespassing conviction.

Retired Judge Raymond J. Kane Jr., suspended a 60-day jail sentence for Hlass but placed him on a supervised probation for two years and forbid him from going near his daughter, Jennifer Hlass, said T. Wayne Kirwan, the Howard County state's attorney's office spokesman.

According to charging documents, Hlass was accused of accosting Jennifer Hlass on the parking lot of Fulton Elementary School in September last year. The document said Hlass prevented Jennifer Hlass, an employee of the county school system, from calling 911 and then yelled at her from his car as he drove away. Hlass had been banned from all county school property after an incident in 2000 involving his daughter, according to the document.

Hlass, who represented himself during last week's court hearing, said Wednesday that me might appeal the decision because he believes evidence was wrongly suppressed.

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