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Man who robbed grieving family's home is jailed

September 09, 2000

Man who robbed grieving family's home is jailed



A thief accused of taking advantage of a grieving family was sentenced in Washington County Circuit Court on Thursday to a year in jail.

Albert Jack Dodson Jr., 27, of the first block of Elizabeth Street, Hagerstown, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree burglary. Judge John H. McDowell imposed a three-year sentence, and suspended all but the one year.

Dodson was ordered to participate in the Jail Substance Abuse Program while at the Washington County Detention Center. Probation was set at two years.

Robert Baker, a member of the family that owned the house, told McDowell that Dodson came to the house at 30 Avalon Road that had been occupied by Baker's father, who had recently died.

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"We told him our father was dead and he then learned the house was empty," Baker said.

He asked that McDowell impose the stiffest possible penalty, which was three years.

Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Arthur Rozes told McDowell that Dodson's criminal history includes possession of marijuana and a 1995 conviction for performing an unnatural and perverted sex act on a 5-year-old child.

Court records indicate Dodson was sentenced to serve 18 months in jail for the conviction in the sex case.

- Marlo Barnhart

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