WESTMINSTER — A former Carroll County woman convicted in 1984 of killing her husband was found guilty of theft charges Monday in Circuit Court.
Julie Barnes Wilt, 32, of the 100 block of South Curley Street, was charged in September with three counts of breaking and entering, one countof theft and one count of destruction of property.
The charges were in connection with the theft of more than $19,000 worth of furniture from Westminster Antiques on Spring Mills Road.
Wilt agreed to a statement of facts in the case, which was read byDeputy State's Attorney Edward Ulsch. In return for her agreement tothe statement of facts, all charges except one count of breaking andentering were dropped. She pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Court records show that state police were called to the Westminster antiques store Sept. 6 after owner Emily Cannon had returned and found several items had been stolen.
Police were called back to the house Sept. 12 when nearby residents reported a suspicious vehicle in the area, court records show.
During a search of the area, police found Wilt in the bushes next to the store.
Police said they found several antiques stacked up on the back porch of the business.
Wilt wasconvicted in 1984 of killing her husband, Timothy Jules Wilt, duringan argument. She was sentenced to 20 years in prison with six years suspended.
She was released from prison Sept. 14, 1988 and was placed on parole.
Wilt faces up to a 20-year sentence for the burglary. She also could be ordered to finish out her 20-year sentence for her husband's murder, because the theft conviction violates her parole, Ulsch said.
Sentencing in the theft case has been set for June 18.
KILLER IS GIVEN 30 YEARS
Still proclaiming his innocence, a Baltimore man received the maximum 30-year sentence Monday for the strangulation of his wife, Ozaleia Smith-Nivens, a 35-year-old postal worker whose nude body was found in a Carroll County trash bin Aug. 31.
A Baltimore Circuit Court jury found Douglas E. Nivens, 35, guilty of second-degree murder March 7, and Judge Ellen M. Heller said the circumstantial case against him was strong.
Nivens, an auto mechanic for the state Division of Correction, spoke rapidly Monday, again denying his guilt but saying "I will do my time day by day," then turning to his family: "Take care of my kids. . . .I love you all, and I know that those who don't love themselves may learn to love."
WOMAN IS KILLED IN FALL
HAMPSTEAD -- An investigation into the death of a woman who apparently fell out of a second-story window of her home Thursday is continuing, Hampstead police said.
Sgt. Russ Horne said the death of Gail Hunton, 48, was being treated as an accident.
The mother of three children was found lying ina grass and dirt yard outside her home by a neighbor at 1:40 p.m. The ambulance crew tried to revive her, but she was pronounced dead at Carroll County General Hospital.
Horne said the medical examiner had not completed his investigation, but it appeared the woman fell about 12 feet from the window between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The sergeant said Hunton's 18-year-old son, Duane, was the only person at home when she was found, but it was not clear if he was home when his mother fell, Horne said.
Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:
10:23 a.m., Taneytown responded to a wash detail on East Baltimore Street.
5:14 p.m., Westminster responded to a wash detail onMall Ring Road.
5:46 p.m., Winfield, Mount Airy and New Windsor responded to a chimney fire on West Liberty Road.
1:53 p.m., Westminster and Reese responded to a chimney fire on Barnes Avenue.
1:56 p.m., Sykesville responded to a report of smoke on Liberty Road.
2:39 p.m., Lineboro and Manchester responded to an electrical fire on Glenville Road in York County, Pa.
8:18 a.m., Manchester, Lineboro, Pleasant Valley, Reese and Pleasant Hill responded to a house fire on Viking Court in Manchester.
4:28 p.m.,Westminster responded to an automobile fire at the Fairground Village Shopping Center.