On June 29, 2020, James “Troy” Durham., age 52, of Pocomoke City, Maryland, was sentenced by the Honorable W. Newton Jackson to a term of 7 years’ imprisonment in the Division of Correction. A Worcester County jury previously found Durham guilty of second-degree assault after a trial was held on January 7, 2020. Durham, formerly a sheriff’s deputy in Somerset County, will also be prohibited from possessing a firearm as a result of the conviction.
The charges stem from an altercation that occurred on the grounds of an RV repair shop on Mackemie Road in Pocomoke, Maryland on September 25, 2018. Police were dispatched for a report of assault. Witnesses on scene stated that during what began as a verbal altercation, Durham had punched and kicked the victim in the head until another individual intervened with a crowbar. The victim required extensive medical treatment at Shock Trauma and continues to suffer from injuries sustained in the assault.
Worcester County State’s Attorney Kris Heiser commended the investigative efforts of the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation, specifically Det. Hayes, which contributed to the successful prosecution of the case. Heiser also thanked Assistant State’s Attorney Paul Haskell for his advocacy on behalf of the victim and his persistence in securing a conviction in the case.