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Man pleads guilty in case of firearms stolen from grandfather's home

Timothy Wayne Webber Jr. to serve 18 months in prison for charge

August 17, 2010|By DON AINES

A man charged with stealing at least 25 firearms from his grandfather's home accepted a plea agreement Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to serve 18 months in prison.

Timothy Wayne Webber Jr., 20, no fixed address, had turned down a plea agreement Monday that came with a recommended prison sentence of three years.

Webber pleaded guilty Tuesday before Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley to felony theft of $1,000 to $10,000. Beachley also sentenced Webber to 36 months in prison for violating probation on a 2009 conviction for conspiracy to commit theft of more than $500.

Webber already was serving a sentence in another case and has a detainer filed against him from Virginia, Beachley said during sentencing.

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On Feb. 16, 2010, Washington County Sheriff's deputies went to the Harpers Ferry Road home of Kenneth Webber in Knoxville, the application for statement of charges said. Webber had come home to find footprints in the snow leading to a door that had been forced open, the application said.

Twenty-five to 30 firearms belonging to Kenneth Webber's daughter-in-law, Jessica Webber, were stolen from basement gun cabinets, the application said. Assistant State's Attorney Christopher McCormack said about 3,000 rounds of ammunition and a crossbow also were stolen.

On Feb. 16, Timothy Webber sold two firearms to a Frederick pawnbroker, and two days later an accomplice sold a muzzleloader to the same pawnbroker, the application said. The serial numbers on the weapons matched with three that were stolen from Kenneth Webber's home, the application said.

"This is an odd case because it's his grandfather and family members" who were the victims, Assistant Public Defender Carl F. Creeden told Beachley.

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