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Hagerstown man sentenced to 10 years after pleading guilty in burglaries

Judge Donald E. Beachley imposed another 35 years of suspended sentences for Derick Lane Boerstler

April 04, 2013|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after entering guilty pleas Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court to a series of 2012 residential burglaries.

Derick Lane Boerstler, 23, formerly of 463 Links View Drive, pleaded guilty before Judge Donald E. Beachley to two counts of first-degree burglary, one count of third-degree burglary and theft between $10,000 and $100,000.

In addition to the prison sentence, Beachley imposed another 35 years of suspended sentences.

Reading from the statement of facts in three different criminal filings, Assistant State’s Attorney Michele Hansen detailed four residential burglaries between July and October 2012. Jewelry, coins, a Rolex watch and a gun were among the items stolen and either pawned or sold to a man in Frederick County, Md., Hansen told Beachley.

One of the burglaries occurred between July 5 and 8 and the other three on Oct. 2, 8 and 9, Hansen said.

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In addition to Boerstler, those charged in the burglaries were his sister, Jordan Boerstler, and her boyfriend, Timothy Blake Miller, Hansen said.

Miller, 21, entered guilty pleas last month in six burglaries, as well as an Alford plea to possession of heroin with intent to deliver, and is awaiting sentencing. The state recommended he receive a sentence in the range of 15 to 20 years.

An Alford plea is not an admission of guilt, but acknowledgment by the defendant that the state has enough evidence to gain a conviction.

Jordan Boerstler’s case still is pending, Hansen said Wednesday.

The victims were family friends and, in one case, the home of relatives, Assistant Public Defender Amy Taylor-Heimberg told Beachley. Boerstler had developed an addiction, first to painkillers when he was 18 and then to heroin, which cost up to $300 a day to support, she said.

Taylor-Heimberg told Beachley that Boerstler had been a responsible student, athlete and employee until he became addicted. She asked the judge to impose a sentence of no more than seven years.

“It takes my heart. It split my family up,” said Bennie Fields, a relative of Boerstler and one of the victims.

“We’ve known Derick since he was 9 years old,” said James Wilson, another victim. “It’s doubly frustrating he violated people he’s known.”

“He definitely has expressed remorse,” said Boerstler’s mother, Lauren Boerstler. “He’s too young to go to prison for 10 years.”

Along with the prison sentence, Beachley ordered Boerstler to pay more than $40,000 in restitution.

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