Emmons gets five more years for conspiracy

June 08, 1994|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer

A Carroll Circuit judge yesterday added five years to the 20-year prison term that Robert Ernest Emmons Jr. is serving for his conviction in a series of suburban burglaries. Authorities allege the break-ins were committed with former state health official John Martin Staubitz Jr.

Emmons, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy and other charges tied to four Carroll break-ins March 29, entered another guilty plea yesterday to a conspiracy charge tied to three Howard County burglaries. One of those was at the home of one of Staubitz's former state employees.

Judge Francis M. Arnold imposed a total of 25 years for the convictions. He ordered the sentence served concurrently with the 20-year term Emmons received in January after pleading guilty in Baltimore County Circuit Court to two counts of daytime housebreaking.

In exchange for the pleas, Carroll prosecutors dropped more than 30 other criminal charges against him.

Emmons, 29, of Baltimore and Staubitz, 45, of Catonsville were charged with 12 burglaries in Carroll, Howard and Baltimore counties.

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

A state trooper was at the home when a cashier at Macy's in Owings Mills Mall called to report two men using a stolen credit card.

The men had left by the time police arrived at the store but had been recorded on the store's video camera.

After Emmons was arrested Sept. 24, he led police to a locker at Beltway Mini Storage in Woodlawn. Police found stolen property that included jewelry, silverware, coins, handguns and other guns, electronics and lawn equipment.

The troopers said they also recovered stolen items at the homes of Emmons and Staubitz, who was arrested later that day.

Staubitz, once a deputy state health secretary, was convicted in 1992 of skimming thousands of dollars from the Maryland State Games, an amateur athletic competition.

He served seven months of a 10-month sentence and was released from prison in February 1993.

In April, a Baltimore County Circuit Court jury convicted the former deputy health secretary on five charges each of grand theft and daytime house-breaking. Staubitz's trials in Carroll and Howard counties have been delayed until November because Staubitz changed defense lawyers. He will argue for a new trial before he is sentenced in the Baltimore County case on Tuesday.

As part of his deal with Baltimore County prosecutors, Emmons was a key witness at Staubitz's trial.

Emmons is a longtime thief who befriended Staubitz while the two were in prison.

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