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November 16, 2012

Oakland man, 40, found not guilty of attempted homicide

OAKLAND — Kendall Shane Lowers, 40, of Oakland was found guilty of first-degree assault, meaning he committed an assault with the intent to cause serious bodily harm, following a two-day jury trial in Garrett County Circuit Court, according to the Garrett County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Lowers was found not guilty of attempted first- and second-degree murder.  

Judge Jim Sherbin ordered a presentence investigation to be completed and remanded Lowers back to the Garrett County Detention Center with no bond.  Lowers faces up to 25 years imprisonment for his conviction.

“This was exactly the verdict I expected,” said State’s Attorney Lisa Thayer Welch. “I am pleased that the jurors saw be-yond some issues with contradictions in the victim’s testimony and evidence. The case boiled down to a man with his throat slashed and his lung punctured and all evidence, particularly the forensic evidence, pointing to Kendall Lowers as the perpetrator.”

William “Bill” Sachs Jr., 51, of Oakland entered the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office early on the morning of Nov. 27, 2011, seeking medical assistance for injuries that included a severe laceration to his throat, other lacerations to his hands, throat, chest and abdomen, and a punctured lung, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

Sachs named Lowers as his attacker and told deputies the events occurred at the Oakland overlook platform. Other deputies who responded to the scene off Hutton Road located Lowers walking on a path. They saw blood on his jacket and took him into custody.  

A search of the backpack Lowers was carrying revealed numerous items, including vodka bottles covered in blood.

Testing of a swabbing from the platform, one of the vodka bottles in the backpack and cuttings from a T-shirt worn by Lowers indicated the presence of blood, which the Maryland State Police chemist said contained the DNA of Sachs.

About two weeks before Lowers assaulted Sachs there was a conflict between the two regarding Lowers’ mother, according to Elder Petershime, who was working with Sachs during the conflict.

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