Woman accused in arson gets prison for other crimes

March 07, 2011

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — — A woman accused in a string of crimes last year, including the arson of a vacant duplex in Martinsburg, was sentenced Monday in Berkeley County Circuit Court to two to 15 years in prison.

Falon S. Mauck, 26, who pleaded guilty to one count of forgery of a credit card and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery, and no contest to breaking and entering of an automobile, also was ordered to pay more than $32,000 in restitution.

The plea was part of a binding agreement accepted by presiding 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gray Silver III, who noted Mauck had little criminal history prior to the crime spree.

Co-defendant Joshua D. Stevens, 31, who is scheduled to appear before Silver on March 28, could be sentenced to as many as 71 years in prison for the alleged arson and other crimes.  

Stevens has signed a three-page agreement to enter guilty pleas to felony counts of first-degree arson, grand larceny, burglary, attempted burglary, robbery and forgery of a credit card; one misdemeanor count of domestic battery; and three misdemeanor counts of breaking and entering of an automobile, according to court records.

Mauck and Stevens were accused of setting the fire at 910 Central Ave. in a clothes dryer with items stolen from a Martinsburg Police Department cruiser near Moler Avenue, according to court records.

The specific charges involving Mauck’s plea deal included allegations that she forged a Discover credit card to make a $21.97 purchase at the Wendy’s restaurant along North Queen Street in Martinsburg and conspired with Stevens to rob a man who was flown to a hospital after being stabbed, according to court records.

Stevens was charged with felony robbery in the stabbing of the man in March 2010, according to court records.

The restitution ordered Monday includes the cost of the robbery victim’s medical treatment, which included a helicopter flight that cost about $20,000, according to Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Carmela M. Cesare.

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