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Man gets 15 years for burglaries, including two at retired judge's home

March 18, 2013|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
  • Seth Allen Michael Gladhill
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HAGERSTOWN — A 24-year-old Hagerstown man accused of several residential burglaries, including the homes of relatives and twice at the home of a retired judge, was sentenced Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to 15 years in state prison.

Seth Allen Michael Gladhill, formerly of 926 Salem Ave., pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree burglary and one count of theft between $1,000 and $10,000. Judge Daniel P. Dwyer sentenced him to 20 years in prison with five years suspended, plus an additional 20-year suspended sentence.

Gladhill was charged in several burglaries between June and October 2012, including two homes of relatives, Assistant State’s Attorney Christopher McCormack told Dwyer.

Sometime on the night of Oct. 8-9, 2012, the Hagerstown home of retired Circuit Court Judge W. Kennedy Boone III was broken into through a back door, according to the charging document filed by Hagerstown police in that case. A person checking the home while the Boones were away reported the break-in, the document said.

That person had noticed the same door ajar on Oct. 5, but nothing appeared to be missing at the time, the charging document said.

When the Boones returned to Hagerstown, they provided a list of the missing jewelry valued at $50,000 to $75,000, the charging document said.

Investigators looking into a series of burglaries linked the break-in to Gladhill and Ashley Brooke Beamer, 26, of Gerrardstown, W.Va., the charging document said. They had been pawning stolen property, including jewelry, the document said.

Gladhill was arrested at the Motel 6 on Massey Boulevard at 2:40 a.m. on Oct. 9, 20012, and had on his person, and in the room, several pieces of jewelry later identified as belonging to the Boones, the charging document said.

Beamer had been in custody since Oct. 5, 2012, and jewelry found in her possession at the time was later identified as having come from the Boone home, the charging document said.

A number of pieces, including heirlooms, were not recovered, the charging document said.

Gladhill’s crimes were driven by his addiction to drugs, including cocaine and heroin, defense attorney Bernard W. Semler II told Dwyer.

“I always looked for my next high,” Gladhill said, telling Dwyer he abused drugs since the age of 16.

Beamer was scheduled to be in court Monday, but her case was postponed.

As part of the plea agreement, all other charges against Gladhill were dismissed, but Dwyer ordered restitution of more than $47,000 to all the victims, with about $38,000 of that owed to the Boones.

Dwyer also entered a judgment in favor of insurance companies for more than $19,000 they paid in claims.

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