McHenry man sentenced in attempted murder case

James Carlton Ptomey

OAKLAND — A McHenry man was sentenced this week to a 25-year prison term on an attempted murder charge stemming from a September 2018 incident, according to the Garrett County State's Attorney's Office.

James Carlton Ptomey, 50, McHenry, was sentenced in Garrett County Circuit Court to 25 years in the Division of Correction for attempted first-degree murder. Judge Ray Strubin imposed a concurrent 30-day sentence for the charge of violating a protective order.

Ptomey was arrested on Sept. 8, 2018, by Maryland State Police after troopers responded to Mosser Road in McHenry when passersby called 911 after finding a woman in the roadway in distress and with obvious injuries.

The victim identified Ptomey as the assailant, saying he had entered her residence wearing a mask and struck her repeatedly with a wooden object, initially described as a bat. She said Ptomey told her he was going to kill her. 

The woman was released from Garrett Regional Medical Center following treatment of numerous hematoma and contusions to her head, face, back, abdomen, arms, legs and hands.

State police investigators determined Ptomey had purchased a mask earlier that day at a local store. Interviews with family members also helped provide a timeline of the day’s events.

Ptomey was arrested the same day. His charges included violating a protective order, which the victim had obtained in August.

Ptomey was convicted following a two-day jury trial in September.  

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