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Man sentenced for witness intimidation

June 28, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD

HAGERSTOWN

pepperb@herald-mail.com

A man who pleaded guilty in May to three burglaries in a rash of related burglaries around Christmas 2004 pleaded guilty Monday to intimidating a witness to those cases, according to court records.

Bradley A. Wilt, 23, whose last known address was 807-201 Edward Ferry Road in Leesburg, Va., pleaded guilty Monday to intimidate/influence juror and was sentenced by Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III to serve one year and one day in prison to run consecutively to his terms for the burglary convictions, records state.

In May, Wilt pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree burglary and two counts, in separate cases, of third-degree burglary.

Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III sentenced Wilt at the time to eight concurrent years on the first-degree burglary charge and one of the third-degree burglary charges. The judge also sentenced him to three years to follow that term on the other third-degree burglary charge.

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In the case Monday, charging documents state Sheriff's Department Investigator Greg Alton listened to a recorded April 13 phone conversation Wilt made from Washington County Detention Center in which he allegedly threatened the life of his then girlfriend, who was a witness in his burglary cases.

On April 15, Wilt's girlfriend, Joanie Sullivan, called Alton, who investigated the burglaries, to tell him that Wilt found out she planned to testify against him and threatened to "kill her" and "blow her head off" when he gets out of jail, documents state.

According to charging documents, Wilt told Sullivan, "She needed to call the police back and tell them she was lying. Sullivan then told Wilt that she gave investigators information about the burglary to a police officer's residence and Wilt became even angrier."

Wilt called her names and asked her why she did that, documents state.

"I'm going to kill you, OK. I hope they got your phone tapped, I hope you tell them," he said, according to charging documents.

All phone calls made from the jail are recorded. A message is played prior to all phone calls that notifies the inmate, as well as the person receiving the call, that all telephone calls are recorded, according to court records.

Wilt was charged, along with his brother, Jerry Wayne Wilt Jr., of Kearneysville, W.Va., with burglaries of homes in western and southwestern parts of Washington County, including the burglary of a Sheriff's Department investigator's home. In many of the burglaries, doors were kicked in and items, including wrapped Christmas presents, were stolen.

Jerry Wilt pleaded guilty in May to two counts of first-degree burglary and was ordered by Circuit Judge John H. McDowell to serve two concurrent 10-year state prison sentences for the offenses. McDowell, who suspended five years of each sentence, ordered that Wilt serve three years of supervised probation upon his release.

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