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West Virginia man sentenced to 16 years for felony burglary and theft

James Calvin Weddle pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree burglary and one count each of theft between $10,000 and $100,000 and theft between $1,000 and $10,000

August 30, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
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A West Virginia man charged in a 2011 burglary spree was sentenced to 16 years in state prison Thursday after pleading guilty in Washington County Circuit Court to felony burglary and theft charges.

James Calvin Weddle, 35, of Hedgesville, W.Va., pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree burglary and one count each of theft between $10,000 and $100,000 and theft between $1,000 and $10,000. In exchange for the plea, 29 related charges were dismissed.

Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. sentenced Weddle to 65 years in prison with all but 16 suspended. The charges will run consecutive to a five-year sentence Weddle received in April after pleading guilty to theft between $1,000 and $10,000 in connection with another burglary.

“You have absolutely no respect for the property rights of others,” Long told Weddle.

A co-defendant, John David Reddick, 30, of Williamsport, was sentenced earlier this year to eight years in state prison for his role in four burglaries that occurred in September 2011, court records show. Another co-defendant, Samantha Gilroy, 34, of Williamsport, is serving a five-year sentence in connection with the break-ins, according to court records.

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In the case for which he was sentenced Thursday, Weddle was charged with burglaries on Dellinger Road in Williamsport, Benevola Road in Boonsboro, and Crystal Falls Drive and Cool Hollow Road in the Hagerstown area, according to the statement of facts read in court by Assistant State’s Attorney Michele Hansen.

Jewelry, cash and handguns were stolen during the daytime burglaries, with some of the items being pawned locally, Hansen said.

In one case, a neighbor saw a car with its engine running in a driveway and a man coming from the home carrying two pillow cases, Hansen said. The man dropped one of the pillow cases, containing jewelry and a handgun, when he was spotted and drove away, she said.

Weddle committed the crimes to feed his drug addiction, which included cocaine and heroin use, defense attorney Bernard W. Semler II told Long.

Weddle also has an unresolved criminal case in West Virginia, Semler said.

In addition to the prison sentence, Long ordered Weddle to pay more than $35,000 in restitution to the four victims.

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