Prisoner pleads guilty to car thefts

June 12, 1996

A Randallstown man who is serving a sentence for burglary and theft pleaded guilty in Carroll County Circuit Court yesterday to two Howard County car thefts last year.

In exchange for his plea, Christopher Michael Gisriel, 23, of the first block of Cedar Hill Road, was given concurrent sentences, meaning he will spend no additional time in prison.

Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. placed Gisriel on five years of supervised probation upon his release and ordered that he pay nearly $7,500 in restitution during the probationary period.

Gisriel is serving four years of a 15-year sentence stemming from four 1995 crimes in Eldersburg.

The Howard County auto theft cases were transferred to Carroll County to expedite proceedings and consolidate nine cases, including three that had been placed on the court's inactive docket, lawyers said.

Gisriel told police in a March 1995 interview that he stole a Ford pickup because he "liked the sound of the motor," according to court records.

Pub Date: 6/12/96

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