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Felony charges dropped in CHS brawl case
Felony charges against a Caroline County father and grandmother accused of fighting deputies at Caroline High School in March were dropped today.
Lloyd O. Wilson, 45, plead no contest to obstruction of justice and trespassing and received a suspended sentence of 180 days on each charge.
Ruth Wilson, 70, plead no contest to trespassing and received a 30-day suspended sentence.
They each had faced a felony count of assault and battery of a law enforcement officer, but those were dropped in Caroline General District Court.
Both have been permanently barred from the high school except for certain activities, such as the graduation of two student relatives.
The Wilsons were charged on March 11 after police say they refused to leave school grounds and began fighting with deputies.
According to Sheriff Tony Lippa, Lloyd Wilson was called to the school to pick up a student who had been disciplined.
When the father and grandmother arrived at the school, Lippa said the family members became unruly and refused to leave the property.
A fight started inside the school when deputies arrived to arrest them for trespassing, Lippa said.
Lloyd Wilson said he wasn’t resisting arrest, he was trying to help his mother who had trouble breathing and fell unconscious after being arrested.
The incident got plenty of attention from TV news stations in the Richmond area.
“I’m not mad or upset at nobody, I thank the Lord that it’s over,” he said after court today.
No weapons were involved and school resumed as normal less than 30 minutes after the incident.