Man receives pair of life sentences for rape on Red Line Metro train

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ROCKVILLE – Circuit Court Judge Cheryl A. McCally on Friday sentenced a man who was convicted of raping a woman on a Metro train to life in prison.

John Prentice Hicks, 41, will serve two consecutive life sentences in prison after a jury convicted him for raping a woman on the Red Line and ordering her at knife point to perform fellatio on him in April 2016.

The victim asked McCally to give Hicks the maximum sentence so he would not get out on parole.

“He already had other victims,” she said to McCally. “Let me be his last.”


Clarksburg student gets maximum sentence but judge suspends most of it

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Alwin Chen.  FILE PHOTOAlwin Chen. FILE PHOTO  Alwin Chen, the Clarksburg High School senior who was charged with carrying a loaded handgun with him into school, was sentenced to the maximum of three years in jail, with all but four months of that sentenced suspended.

Chen, 18, who has been in jail since his Feb. 15 arrest said, “What I did was stupid. I didn’t mean to hurt anybody.”


Former PTA treasurer sentenced for embezzlement

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ROCKVILLE – A Montgomery County Circuit Court judge sentenced a former PTA treasurer, who pleaded guilty to embezzling and misappropriating PTA funds, to nine months in jail Tuesday.

Judge David A. Boynton sentenced former Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations treasurer Lisa Betts, 46, to five years in jail, with all but nine months suspended. In addition, Boynton ordered Betts to pay the Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations $1,000 for their insurance deductible, pay $44,000 to the Greencastle Elementary School Parent Teacher Association and $27,000 to the Travelers Insurance Company.


County adds two more circuit court positions

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There will be two more judges in the Montgomery County Circuit Court but who will fill those positions is still an open question.

Applicants for these vacancies must fill out a personal data questionnaire, which can be found at

They also must submit two writing samples to the Administrative Office of the Courts by 4:30 p.m. on July 14.

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) will then select the final candidates.


Poolesville lawyer claims judge violated ethics requirements

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audrey creightonA Poolesville lawyer and Circuit Court judicial candidate  has written an open letter to the sitting judges alleging that Montgomery County Circuit Court (MCCC) Judge Audrey Creighton circumvented court rules and lied to police in order to protect her lover, a convicted felon accused of kidnapping and assaulting her last month.

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