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Inmate Convicted Of Additional Charges

October 5th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

The Cumberland Times News reports a Western Correctional Institution inmate was found guilty of numerous charges Thursday in Garrett County Circuit Court following a two-day jury trial.  

Charges against Larry Jerome Johnson, 38, included two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of armed carjacking and a count of first-degree escape. The remaining charges were not considered as they all merged into the charges of which he was found guilty, according to Garrett County State’s Attorney Lisa Thayer Welch.

Johnson, who was assigned to a road crew mowing along Interstate 68 near Grantsville, was arrested by Maryland State Police in September 2012 following a 13-mile chase along southbound state Route 495.

Johnson used prison-issued work crew pliers to attack and wound Correctional Officer Robert E. Goss Sr., 47, who was supervising the crew, and then took control of the Maryland Division of Correction van. The officer continued to attempt to take Johnson back into custody until the equipment trailer jack-knifed.

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