Reisterstown man pleads guilty to assault, credit-card misuse

April 13, 2007|By Arin Gencer | Arin Gencer,sun reporter

A Reisterstown man, jailed late last month after being accused of holding a woman in a Finksburg house against her will, pleaded guilty yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court in two separate cases - one dealing with credit-card misuse and the other assault.

William Thomas Parrish III, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of using and disclosing his former wife's Visa check card number in June 2006.

Parrish's former wife had allowed him to use her card to pay his cell-phone bill a couple of months before, but she did not authorize two later transactions - for $365 and about $360 - for the same purpose, according to court documents and Maria Oesterreicher, senior assistant state's attorney.

In the assault case, Parrish pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree assault against a former girlfriend. She had said Parrish threw a propane tank on her foot after she accidentally bumped into him while they were doing yardwork last summer, according to court documents.

Parrish, who declined to address the court, was sentenced to three years on each count with all but one year and a day suspended. The sentences are to be served at the same time.

He received credit for 111 days served and will be placed under supervised probation for three years upon release.

He was ordered to repay $726.05 to his former wife and to have no contact with either woman.

A representative from the county sheriff's office then escorted the defendant from the courtroom.

He was being held without bond at the Carroll County Detention Center on charges of keeping a woman in his grandfather's Finksburg home against her will for about six weeks in February and March.

He is charged with first- and second-degree assault, false imprisonment, reckless endangerment and malicious destruction of property. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the charges this month.

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