Emmons pleads guilty, gets 20 years for housebreaking

January 14, 1994|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,Staff Writer

2/3 TC Robert Ernest Emmons Jr. came into Baltimore County Circuit Court yesterday for a pretrial hearing and left with a 20-year sentence after pleading guilty to two charges of daytime housebreaking.

Emmons, 29, of Baltimore, had been charged with breaking into five homes in the Millers area of northern Baltimore County. Yesterday he admitted breaking into two homes on Cotter Road last September and was given the maximum 10-year sentence for each crime.

Also charged in those crimes is former state health official John Martin Staubitz Jr.

Assistant State's Attorney A. Dean Stocksdale said Mr. Staubitz has a tentative trial date next month for the five Baltimore County charges. Staubitz, 45, of the 6900 block of Pinecrest Road, is jailed in Carroll County. He and Emmons also are charged with several break-ins in Carroll and Howard counties.

Mr. Staubitz, once a deputy state health secretary, was convicted in 1992 of skimming thousands of dollars from the Maryland State Games, an amateur athletics competition. He served seven months of a 10-month sentence and was released from prison last February.

In Carroll County, Mr. Staubitz and Emmons are accused of using credit cards taken from one of the burglarized homes to buy shoes, video camcorders and television sets.

A Carroll County state trooper was at the home when a cashier at Macy's in the Cranberry Mall called to report two men using a stolen credit card, Mr. Stocksdale said. The men had left by the time police arrived at the store, but they had been recorded on the store's video camera.

Emmons was arrested Sept. 24 and led police to a locker at the Beltway Mini Storage in Woodlawn. There police found stolen property including jewelry, silverware, coins, handguns and long guns, electronics and lawn equipment.

The troopers also recovered stolen items at the homes of Emmons and Mr. Staubitz, Mr. Stocksdale said yesterday in his statement of facts.

As part of the deal made yesterday, prosecutors dropped three charges against Emmons, who said he committed the crimes because he needed money. Judge Leonard S. Jacobson noted that Emmons has 10-year history of theft-related offenses.

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