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Guilty pleas net 1 to 15 year sentence

October 26, 1997

MARTINSBURG, W. Va. - A Martinsburg man was sentenced Friday in Berkeley County Circuit Court to 1 to 15 years in prison for three break-ins.

Lloyd A. Locke Jr., 19, pleaded guilty to burglary and two counts of breaking and entering, on July 22.

On Friday, he was sentenced 1 to 15 years for the burglary charge and 1 to 10 years in prison for the two breaking and entering charges. The sentences will run concurrently.

Locke admitted to a burglary at the Porterfield Lane home of Donard Williamson in February 1996 in which firearms, silver dollars, silver certificates and porterhouse steaks were stolen. He also admitted to break-ins at Explo-Tech Inc. near Martinsburg in February 1996 and the Bedington Crossroads Store in December 1995.

In exchange for the plea, he will not be prosecuted for four other break-ins, but is responsible for paying restitution.

Games-Neely said Locke, who was arrested last July, was involved in the crimes with anywhere from two to five accomplices at a time.

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Other cases are either set for court, awaiting a possible grand jury indictment, or still at the magistrate court level.

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