Smithsburg man sentenced to 20 years in armed home-invasion case

May 04, 2012|By DON AINES |
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HAGERSTOWN — A Washington County Circuit Court judge Friday sentenced a 19-year-old Smithsburg man to 20 years in state prison for an armed home-invasion robbery in 2011 that terrorized a mother and her son.

Jesse Cole Lombardi of 60 S. Main St. went on trial in February, but entered guilty pleas on its second day to charges of armed robbery, first-degree assault and third-degree burglary, Assistant State’s Attorney Leon Debes said.

At the time, prosecutors said they would seek a 20-year prison sentence with the defense able to argue for less, Debes said.

Judge Donald E. Beachley sentenced Lombardi to 20 years for the armed robbery, and he must serve half of it before being eligible for parole, according to court records.

Beachley also imposed a concurrent 10-year sentence for the burglary and a 20-year suspended term for the assault to run consecutively to the armed robbery sentence, the court records said.

Lombardi and Victor McCormick, 20, of Smithsburg, were charged with the Aug. 12, 2011, robbery at the West Henrietta Street home of Annette Cooper and her son, Darren Malayeri, according to police charging documents.

Smithsburg police had responded to report of a robbery in progress involving two masked men, one of whom was armed with a shotgun, the charging documents said.

The mother and son told police the men demanded money and drugs, threatening to kill them and burn out the son’s eyes with cigarettes, the documents said.

Soon after they arrived at the scene, police went to Lombardi’s home, which was around the corner from Cooper’s, the documents said.

A search of the house turned up a shotgun and a knife, as well as a flat-screen television that was wet from rain and apparently taken from Cooper’s home.

While Lombardi was awaiting trial, his calls from the detention center were monitored, Debes said.
Debes made reference to some of those calls during the sentencing hearing, he said afterward.

“I’m probably going to start crying in front of the judge to get my s*** clear,” Lombardi said in one call, according to Debes.

In another, Lombardi told a relative he had $226 on him at the time of his arrest, but it came from selling drugs, not the robbery, Debes said.

Detention center inmates are told that their calls could be monitored, Debes said after the sentencing.

Cooper and Malayeri both spoke at the sentencing, telling the court about the impact the home invasion had on their lives, Debes said.

McCormick, 20, pleaded guilty to armed robbery, third-degree burglary and first-degree assault in November 2011 and was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Feb. 23, the same day Lombardi entered his guilty pleas, records said.

McCormick also faces a violation of probation in a Frederick County case that could result in additional prison time, Debes said.

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