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Two men sentenced for stealing, trashing vehicles

April 10, 2007|by ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - Two men who pleaded guilty to the theft and destruction of vehicles will spend the next 18 months in jail, Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long ordered Monday.

Anthony Allen McChesney and Marc Anore Given stole several new and used vehicles from the Sharrett dealership on Auto Place Road in Hagerstown in July 2006, Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael said in court Monday during a sentencing hearing.

McChesney, 19, and Given, 20, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit second-degree burglary and felony theft scheme in January.

Long called the romp through Washington County that destroyed some lawns, crops and vehicles "stupidity" and said it was obvious the men had some serious problems with substance abuse.

McChesney and Given were sentenced to six years in prison with all but 18 months suspended and were given some credit for time served.

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The men must serve five years probation, three years of it supervised, after they serve jail time. Long also ordered the men to pay court costs and restitution.

A third man involved in the case pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit second-degree burglary and felony theft scheme. Michael called Clarence Eugene Huffman, of 9461 Crystal Falls Drive, the "instigator."

Long ordered a presentence investigation for Huffman, who was taken into custody after his hearing.

A pre-sentence investigation provides background and prior criminal record of a defendant to the judge before the sentencing date.

Given was pleaded guilty Monday to negligently operating a vehicle while impaired in connection with another incident.

Long sentenced Given to an additional two years in jail, with one year suspended.

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