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Two men plead guilty in conspiracy to burglarize home

October 28, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

After his co-defendant, Doug Brown, burst with anger not long after receiving a six-year prison sentence for conspiring with him to burglarize a mobile home in April, Jason Dean Long was sentenced to serve twice that sentence in prison largely because he had a more extensive criminal record, Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley said.

Long, 34, whose last known address was 11334 Sword Road in Williamsport, was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison, with all but 12 years suspended, after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary for robbing a woman's mobile home of computer equipment, CDs and frozen food on April 23.

His co-defendant, Brown, 32, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty earlier that morning to the same charge and was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison, with all but six years suspended.

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After Brown was led by a Sheriff's Department deputy back into a room that leads to a holding cell area, a loud burst, as if he had hit something, could be heard in the courtroom.

Long had stayed with the victim, who was not home at the time of the burglary, at her Rose Glow Avenue mobile home south of Hagerstown after he was released from prison, but was kicked out and moved to a campground, charging documents state.

On April 23, Long and Brown, who also was staying at the campground, drank at a bar and then went to the woman's mobile home so Long could get his Social Security card and birth certificate, documents state. While they were there and Long was looking for the key, Brown made it into the mobile home and walked out with a piece of computer equipment and made several more trips, charging documents state.

Later Brown, who had been driving his girlfriend's car, was involved in a hit-and-run accident and was chased from West Virginia to Maryland, documents state. When the car was found, the woman's property was found, but not immediately identified as belonging to her, documents state.

Brown told Beachley, "He asked me for a ride to that house ... I feel like a sucker."

Beachley told him, "You jump in the hogpen, you're gonna get dirty, right?"

When Long was in the courtroom for sentencing, his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Carl Creeden, told Beachley, "Every indication is that it was actually Mr. Brown who went physically into the trailer."

Beachley told Long, "Perhaps you weren't as culpable as Mr. Brown, but your record is terrible."

Long has had "17 total arrests," Beachley said. "On top of that, this woman was taking you in ... and you violated her trust."

"You cannot live safely among us in society," he told him.

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