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For Immediate Release

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Alleged Gang Member Sentenced for Attempted Murder - Allegany County

BALTIMORE, MD ( April 29, 2011) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler today announced that Christopher Maurice Brooks, 26, of Cumberland was sentenced by Allegany County Circuit Court Judge Gary Leasure to 20 years in jail, five years suspended, for attempted second degree murder.  Brooks was also found to be in violation of probation and sentenced to an additional three years incarceration.

In the early morning hours of August 12, 2010, Brooks was at a house party in Cumberland.  The victim, John Robert Scott, went to the same house with two friends.  One of Scott's friends went inside while Scott and a female friend waited in the car.  Brooks came outside and he and Scott became involved in an argument.  Brooks went back into the house and returned brandishing a knife.  Scott attempted to run but was tripped by Brooks, knocked to the ground, and stabbed multiple times.  Scott suffered wounds to the head, arms, and chest.  He was taken to the hospital and underwent emergency open heart surgery.  Brooks is believed to be a member of the Bloods.

The case was prosecuted by the Gang Unit of the Attorney General's office at the request of Allegany County State's Attorney Michael O. Twigg.  In making today's announcement, Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorneys General Jason Abbott and Franklyn G. Musgrave, Jr. for their work on the case.


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