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Va. man gets 18 months in burglary, fleeing

July 02, 1998

A Winchester, Va., man is serving an 18-month sentence for three charges he pleaded guilty to last month resulting from a high-speed chase, according to documents in Washington County Circuit Court.

Tony Matthew Newman, 18, of 376 Charles St., pleaded guilty June 17 to fleeing and eluding, misdemeanor theft and second-degree burglary, according to court records.

Newman was one of five Winchester teens arrested Dec. 23 in a stolen sport-utility vehicle after being chased by Maryland State Police. Newman was the driver, police have said.

At the time the four boys and one girl ranged in age from 13 to 17.

The chase began at U.S. 40 and Interstate 70 shortly after 10:30 p.m. Dec. 23 with speeds topping 110 mph. The 1997 Jeep Cherokee passed several others on the berm of the road at one point and the lights were turned off to avoid detection, police have said.

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The Jeep was stolen from McKnight Motors in Chambersburg, Pa.

Newman was sentenced to 10 years with all but 18 months of that term suspended for the burglary charge, records stated.

He was sentenced to one year for fleeing and eluding and 18 months on the theft charge, records showed.

All three sentences are to be served at the same time with Newman getting credit for 105 days he already served between March 4 and June 17, records stated.

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