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Hagerstown man gets 3 years in jail

October 29, 2000

Hagerstown man gets 3 years in jail



A Hagerstown man convicted of stealing nearly $7,000 from his brother to feed a drug habit was sentenced to three years in prison in Washington County Circuit Court Thursday.

Richard Althea Mowery Jr. apologized to his brother and sister-in-law, who asked Judge John H. McDowell to show leniency.

"He'll always be my brother," said Samuel Mowery, whose home in the 1000 block of Salem Avenue was burglarized by Richard Mowery Nov. 3 . "I'm here seeking restitution but I'd also like you to be lenient."

Jewelry valued at $6,810 was taken from a second-floor room after the home was entered through a window by a thief using a ladder, court records said.

Six days later, Richard Mowery was arrested on unrelated charges and a pawn ticket was found on him. The ticket led to the recovery of some of the jewelry from the burglary, court records said.

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Police were able to recover all but $2,800 in losses.

Richard Mowery said the incident last November started as a weekend of fun and ended in drinking and drugs.

Defense attorney Tim Conlon said Mowery has a chronic drug and alcohol problem. His criminal record consists of misdemeanors but includes a lot of violations of probation.

Mowery is serving a 13-month prison sentence for another burglary.

"I'm 43 years old and I only have the clothes on my back," Mowery said. "I'm asking for another chance."

McDowell imposed the maximum 10-year sentence for third-degree burglary, suspending all but three years. He mandated alcohol and drug counseling as well as a restitution payment of $2,800.

In exchange for the plea, first-degree burglary and theft charges were dismissed.

- Marlo Barnhart

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