Scaggsville man convicted of theft

October 22, 1992|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff Writer

A Scaggsville man has been convicted of theft in a Columbia town-house burglary in May after a jury heard conflicting testimony by two co-defendants.

Kenneth E. Kosh, 38, was convicted Tuesday following a two-day trial in Howard County Circuit Court. But jurors acquitted him of a burglary charge and could not reach a verdict on two additional theft counts.

He will be sentenced Dec. 1.

Mr. Kosh, of the 12000 block of Hall Shop Road, is one of four men charged with taking items worth about $3,000 from a house in the 8900 block of Footed Ridge in the Long Reach village on May 6.

Antonio G. Laws, 35, of the 8700 block of Airy Brink Lane, Columbia, testified for the prosecution that Mr. Kosh came to his house and offered him $20 to take a friend to Baltimore.

Mr. Laws said he drove Mr. Kosh and two other men to the Lazy Hollow apartments and waited in his car for the men, who carried a television and other items to the vehicle.

But Calvin V. Johnson, a Columbia man who pleaded guilty to burglary in September for his role in the case, testified for the defense that Mr. Kosh was not involved in the incident.

He said he burglarized the house on his own, stashing the stolen goods in bushes, and later getting Mr. Kosh and the other men to help him cart off the items.

Mr. Laws faces charges of burglary and theft in the case. He said the prosecution offered to put his case on the court's inactive docket, meaning the charges would disappear from his record after one year, for his testimony.

The fourth defendant, Marvin Harding, 34, of the 12500 block of Highland Road, Clarksville, is scheduled for trial Nov. 18.

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