Man, 19, sentenced in vehicle thefts in Columbia

September 01, 1994|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer

A Columbia man was sentenced to two years in prison yesterday after pleading guilty to 11 charges for his part in the theft of at least 23 four-wheel-drive vehicles last winter.

Adam Matthew Fattori, 19, of the 8900 block of Blade Green Lane, also was ordered to pay nearly $9,500 in restitution to 10 victims as part of a plea agreement he accepted in Howard Circuit Court.

Fattori pleaded guilty to three counts of theft and eight counts of unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Judge James Dudley sentenced him to one year in prison for each unauthorized-use count and two years in prison for each theft count. He then suspended all but two years.

Fattori will serve the sentence at the Howard County Detention Center, where he will enter the work-release program so that he can keep his job as a cook at a Burtonsville restaurant. He also must complete five years of probation.

The judge ordered Fattori to pay the Columbia Association $3,993 for damage he and two co-defendants caused at Lake Elkhorn, where they reportedly went joy riding with the stolen vehicles.

Fattori also must pay the owners of nine stolen vehicles a total of $6,492 for damage to the vehicles. Each victim will receive between $100 and $2,179.

Four co-defendants are awaiting trial in Circuit Court.

Christopher James Peca, 18, of Columbia, one of the alleged leaders of the auto theft gang, is scheduled for trial on Sept. 19. Keith Richard Burton, Charles Danzor and Jeffrey Rhodes, are scheduled for trials in September and October.

Alexi Martinez, 18, of Columbia was sentenced to one year in prison after accepting a plea agreement last month.

A 16-year-old boy was prosecuted in juvenile court. The outcomes of juvenile cases are not disclosed.

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