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Second robber pleads, gets three years

April 12, 2000|By MARLO BARNHART

A second Hagerstown man involved in a Dale Street home invasion last August was sentenced Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to serve three years in prison for robbery.

When released, Steven Vincent Dillinger will be on probation for three years.

Dillinger, who turned himself in to Hagerstown City Police, has been in jail awaiting Tuesday's trial since Dec. 31.

When it was his turn to speak Tuesday, he apologized to Judge Kennedy Boone for his actions that night.

"This is a tremendous bargain for Dillinger," said Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Susan Lochbaum. "But he cooperated on getting (Diamond Christopher) Scott who was the bad actor here."

Scott was sentenced March 30 to serve 12 years in prison for his leading role in the episode, which centered around getting money and jewelry from one of the residents of the Dale Street house.

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Dillinger, 21, formerly of 427 W. Franklin St., was originally charged with burglary, use of a handgun in a crime, and three counts each of second-degree assault, three counts of robbery, and false imprisonment.

In exchange for his guilty plea to one count of robbery, all other charges were dismissed Tuesday.

On Aug. 22, police were called to 819 Dale St. for reports that three men wearing ski masks had broken in, tied up two women and robbed and assaulted a male resident.

Lochbaum said Dillinger implied he had a weapon wrapped in a handkerchief in his hand.

Money and property worth more than $300 were stolen.

Scott, 21, was arrested on Aug. 24 and charged with two counts each of robbery, false imprisonment and second-degree assault and one count of burglary.

Clothing worn the night of the home invasion was found in Dillinger's former apartment on Franklin Street as the police investigation progressed.

"Mr. Dillinger was along for the ride that night," said defense attorney Steve Kessell. "It was Scott's idea."

The third man has not been identified.

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