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Man sentenced to one year in burglary, drug case

April 12, 2010

HAGERSTOWN --An 18-year-old Hagerstown man was sentenced Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to one year in prison after he pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary and criminal conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

Victor Wolfe McCormick, of 11330 Youngstoun Drive, Apt. 1712, went on "a two-month stint of pure stupidity," Assistant Public Defender Loren Villa said before the sentencing by Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III.

McCormick's actions included stealing liquor, sodas and Popsicles from a Black Rock Lane home on Sept. 21, according to the application for statement of charges filed by the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The incident was called in as a burglary in progress by a neighbor who saw people climbing through a basement window at the house, according to the statement. Another neighbor saw three males running in the area of the home, and a Washington County Roads work crew saw a black Ford Explorer speeding away from the scene, the application for statement of charges read.

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The homeowner gave police the names of McCormick and two other men as possibly being involved in the burglary, telling them McCormick drove a black Ford sport utility vehicle, according to the application for statement of charges.

McCormick was taken into custody Nov. 23, several days after he was involved in the sale of marijuana to an undercover Washington County Narcotics Task Force member and a confidential informant, according to the application for statement of charges in the conspiracy to distribute marijuana case.

In exchange for the plea agreement, Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson said the state would dismiss two other theft cases against McCormick.

Villa asked Boone not to sentence McCormick to prison because "I think he would be preyed upon."

Boone gave McCormick an eight-year prison sentence, suspending all but one year, and ordered him to pay $202 in restitution to the victim. Boone made McCormick eligible for the Jail Substance Abuse Program so he can serve his sentence at the Washington County Detention Center.

McCormick will be on probation for three years after his release, according to the sentence.

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