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Two sentenced in 2003 Hagerstown burglary

October 03, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

Two men were sentenced on Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court for the June 2003 burglary of a Hagerstown home in which two victims were ordered with weapons to take off their pants while the burglars stole money.

Jabazz Robert Parker, 24, of no fixed address, previously had pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary in connection with the incident. He was sentenced by Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III on Thursday to serve a 10-year state prison sentence, which Wright suspended, giving Parker credit for time served.

He ordered Parker to serve four years of probation, the first 18 months of which must be supervised.

Robert John Bitler, 32, whose last known address before his arrest was 12934 Spruce Run Road in Myersville, Md., pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary on Thursday. Wright sentenced him to three years in state prison on the charge, which he ordered to be served concurrently to unrelated sentences he currently is serving.

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According to charging documents, on June 9, 2003, at about 4:45 a.m., a man reported that he had been sitting in the living room of a home in the 600 block of Hayes Avenue when two men, one armed with a gun and one armed with a knife, ran into the house through the back door.

The burglars ordered with their weapons that two people in the living room get on the floor and take off their pants, according to charging documents. While the victims were on the floor, the burglars took a wallet, containing $200, personal papers and cigarettes, according to charging documents.

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