Staubitz plans restitution, case is dropped

January 10, 1995

Prosecutors will not pursue charges against a former state health official who has agreed to pay restitution for breaking into three houses in western Howard County in 1993.

John Martin Staubitz Jr. has agreed to restitution of about $2,500 for property stolen from the houses, two in Woodbine and one in West Friendship.

Assistant State's Attorney Sue-Ellen Hantmann told Howard Circuit Judge Dennis M. Sweeney yesterday that the charges were dropped because of the lengthy sentences Staubitz must serve in cases in Carroll and Baltimore counties.

Staubitz, 46, of Ellicott Mills in Baltimore County, had been scheduled to stand trial yesterday on 17 charges in the three Howard County burglaries, including numerous counts of theft, housebreaking and malicious destruction.

A former deputy state health secretary, Staubitz already is serving an eight-year prison term for his conviction in five Baltimore County burglaries in April.

He also is expected to be sentenced to 10 years in prison after accepting a plea deal in Carroll Circuit Court last month for two burglaries. He will be permitted to serve the Baltimore County sentence simultaneously with the Carroll prison term.

Staubitz was released from prison in February after serving a 10-month sentence for skimming thousands of dollars from the State Games, a health department program established to promote amateur athletics, ostensibly as a means of discouraging young people from using drugs.

According to court records and testimony, Staubitz and a co-defendant later stole nearly $100,000 in jewelry, electronics, guns and other valuables from 10 houses in the three-county crime spree.

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