On December 22, 2017 Christopher Lee Spray was convicted in the Circuit Court for Queen Anne’s County by a jury of Assault. This case was prosecuted by Deputy State’s Attorney Michael “Mick” Cuches.


On August 28, 2017 at approximately 2:00 am Mr. Spray entered the Royal Farms store at 6502 Church Hill Road in Chestertown, approached the counter, and asked to purchase cigarettes. Edward Kahler and Jessica Young were working behind the counter. A short while later, a female woman, Christina Pickens, entered the store. She alleged that one of the store clerks had moved Mr. Spray’s bicycle. One of the store clerks, Mr. Kahler, advised both individuals that he removed the bike from its position against a customer’s car and placed it against the building. Ms. Pickens and Mr. Spray then began berating the store clerk until such time that Mr. Spray leaned over the counter and punched Mr. Kahler in the chest.


Deputy State’s Attorney Cuches stated he was pleased with the jury’s verdict and commented that this type of gratuitous violence is not, and will not be tolerated in this community. Mr. Spray was sentenced to serve eighteen (18) months at the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center, with all suspended except twenty (20) days, and was placed on thirty (30) months of supervised probation, which included, among other things, sixty (60) hours of community service. The Honorable Harris P. Murphy, Circuit Court Judge for Kent County presided over the trial.