Calvert County Circuit Court Judge Perry G. Bowen Jr., saying it was time "to put this mess to bed forever," sentenced Hans Huebner and his daughter yesterday to a year's probation for their parts in a 1984 neighborhood sledding party in Lanham Woods that ended in a fracas with police.
Bowen, who was specially assigned to hear the case in Prince George's Circuit Court, also ordered Huebner, 43, to perform 50 hours of community service as part of his sentence for his conviction in May on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
"You don't need to go to prison," Bowen told the older Huebner. "You need to stop and think before you get mad again. If you ever do it again, I'll shoot you."
The sentencings of Huebner and his daughter Gisela, 21, put an end to the three-year-old case, which caused a storm of controversy at the time over whether police had used excessive force against the Huebners.
Huebner, who was hit with a nightstick several times, was charged in January 1984 with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest when police tried to clear a crowd from a street that residents had barricaded for sledding. His daughter was charged with hindering a police officer and assault and battery for jumping on the back of a police officer who was trying to handcuff her father.
Gisela Huebner was convicted only of the charge of hindering a police officer.
The Huebners filed a complaint with the police department alleging that two officers, Cpl. Don Smith and Sgt. Alan Chertok, had used excessive force against them.
A police trial board cleared both officers of any wrongdoing.