Cumberland Times-News

June 26, 2013

Accident woman sentenced in knife incident

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

— OAKLAND — An Accident woman will serve six months in jail for the January knife assault of a man during a domestic disturbance at her residence, according to the Garrett County Office of the State’s Attorney.

Amanda Darlene Garlitz, 23, was sentenced in Garrett County Circuit Court by Judge Jim Sherbin on Tuesday to 18 months in the Garrett County Detention Center for a charge of reckless endangerment. She pleaded guilty to the charge in April.

The judge suspended 12 months of the sentence and ordered Garlitz to be placed on probation upon her release from jail.  

Garlitz was arrested and charged by Maryland State Police, who responded to Garlitz’s Accident-area residence in January.

According to court documents, Garlitz and her boyfriend were in an argument in the early morning hours when Chester Burgess, a guest in the home, attempted to intervene on the boyfriend’s behalf. Garlitz turned on Burgess and ultimately threw a knife that struck the victim in the chest.  

Burgess suffered a laceration and was treated at Garrett County Memorial Hospital and released.

Investigation revealed that alcohol factored in the incident.