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Man sentenced in burglary spree

December 20, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

A 23-year-old Keedysville man was ordered Tuesday to serve five years in prison for his part in a summer burglary spree in Washington County, according to court records.

Christopher Lee Nicely, whose address is listed on charging documents as 6332 Coffman Farms Road, was ordered to serve a series of concurrent sentences in five separate cases by Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell, according to court records.

He was ordered to serve five years of supervised probation upon his release, according to court documents.

Nicely pleaded guilty in October to three counts of felony theft, two counts of first-degree burglary and one count of misdemeanor theft, according to court records.

Nicely's co-defendant, James Richard Farris III, 21, of 15384 Clear Spring Road in Williamsport, was ordered Dec. 12 by McDowell to serve 25 years in prison for his role in the spree.

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Farris entered an Alford plea in October to aggravated animal cruelty, and pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree burglary and three counts of felony theft in the June spree.

Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt, but acknowledges that the prosecution has sufficient evidence to convict.

The first reported burglary was June 21 in Williamsport, and the men were caught in the act of another burglary June 28 in Williamsport, Washington County Sheriff's Department Investigator Greg Alton has said.

On the day they were apprehended, Nicely allegedly admitted to the pair's involvement in two other June 28 burglaries, and deputies connected the pair to burglaries June 23 and 26, Alton has said. Maryland State Police charged Nicely in connection with a separate burglary, Alton has said.

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