Man sentenced in vandalism

August 19, 2004|by DON AINES

A Keedysville man was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to 10 years on probation for his role in a 2002 vandalism spree in which thousands of dollars worth of glass was smashed.

Timothy W. Corbiser, 30, of 6455 Coffman Farms Road, was sentenced by Judge John R. Walker on 10 counts of criminal mischief. Corbiser received five consecutive probationary sentences of two years each, with the other five sentences running concurrently.

Walker also ordered Corbiser to pay his share of more than $40,000 in restitution owed to the victims, some of whose property was hit repeatedly.


"I could write a country and western song about this," Walker said of the crimes that Corbiser pleaded guilty to on April 28. He suggested Corbiser's song be about "all the stupid things I've done in my life."

"That would be a Billboard hit," Walker said.

Corbiser and David Martin Danfelt Jr., 33, of 340 Mont Valla Ave., Hagerstown, used a slingshot and ball bearings to smash windows at businesses, homes and on vehicles between Feb. 3 and Oct. 21, 2002, when they were arrested after police chased them from Antrim Township in Pennsylvania to Martinsburg, W.Va.

Charges were filed against them by the Pennsylvania State Police and Greencastle, Pa., Chambersburg and Washington Township, Pa., police departments.

Danfelt was sentenced in July to six to 23 months in jail and 10 years on probation for five counts of criminal mischief and one count each of propulsion of missiles into an occupied building and receiving stolen property, according to court records.

Corbiser told Walker he already spent 26 days in jail in West Virginia and nine months in jail in Maryland for crimes related to the vandalism incidents.

"Things kind of bled over into West Virginia," Corbiser said, referring to the chase that led to his arrest. That pursuit began after the pair smashed a plate-glass window at Talhelm's Gas, 2342 Buchanan Trail West, Greencastle, according to state police.

That store was hit several times and police were waiting that night when Corbiser and Danfelt drove by, according to court records.

In addition to the jail time he received in Maryland, Corbiser told the judge he has to pay more than $22,000 in restitution in that state.

"I'm just not going to have any money," Corbiser said of the restitution, court costs and monthly supervision fees he will have to pay in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

"I'm not going to pin a medal on you and say you're the citizen of the month," Walker said, adding that he did not impose any fines. Walker said Corbiser's probation could be extended if he has not paid off the restitution in 10 years.

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