Staubitz given 8 years in prison for 5 break-ins

June 17, 1994|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,Sun Staff Writer

John M. Staubitz Jr., a former state health official convicted of stealing money from the Maryland State Games in 1992, was sentenced to eight years in prison yesterday for breaking into five northern Baltimore County homes last fall.

Circuit Judge J. William Hinkel imposed two consecutive 10-year terms, then suspended all but eight years. He said Staubitz also must repay his victims an amount to be determined later.

Staubitz, 45, of the 6900 block of Pinecrest Road in Catonsville has been jailed since Sept. 24. He still must stand trial on four similar break-in charges in Carroll County and three in Howard County, according to his new defense attorney, Richard M. Karceski.

Staubitz was convicted in 1992 of taking thousands of dollars from the Maryland State Games, an amateur athletic competition, and he served part of a 10-month sentence.

In April, a Baltimore County jury found him guilty of breaking and entering and grand theft in five cases, despite Staubitz's alibi testimony about his comings and goings on the four days when the break-ins occurred.

Referring to his client's state games conviction, Mr. Karceski asked that the judge "not sentence a second time for the 1992 offense." Judge Hinkel replied that he had "no intention" of doing so.

Staubitz mumbled almost inaudibly as he told Judge Hinkel, "I stand here steadfastly on what I've testified to." Still, he said, he was sorry for "the results on my family and friends and all the people [victimized] in the robberies, burglaries. . . ."

Earlier yesterday, Staubitz's attorney unsuccessfully attempted to win a new trial. Mr. Karceski said afterward that Staubitz wants to appeal the conviction. The focus of Mr. Karceski's attack was Robert Ernest Emmons Jr., a co-defendant who pleaded guilty and testified for the prosecution.

Emmons, 29, formerly of Baltimore, testified that he met Staubitz in prison and said the former deputy health secretary joined him in several burglaries "because he needed some excitement."

Emmons told the jury that the pair broke into five homes on Upper Beckleysville Road, Cotter Road, Keeney Mill Road and Wesley Chapel Road between Sept. 10 and Sept. 22, stealing silver, guns, jewelry and other items.

Before Staubitz's trial, Emmons pleaded guilty to two break-ins and got a 20-year sentence in Baltimore County. Earlier this month, he received a 25-year concurrent sentence in the Carroll

County and Howard County break-ins.

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