Tyrone man to serve 7 years in burglary, robbery cases

February 13, 1997

A Tyrone man was sentenced to seven years in prison yesterday after pleading guilty to robbery, battery and burglary charges in two incidents.

Under a plea agreement, Matthew A. Follett, 22, of the 1900 block of Tyrone Road was given a 15-year term for burglary with all but seven years suspended in the break-in of a Union Mills home. He also received a 10-year term for robbery, with all but seven years suspended, and five years for battery in the theft of a deliveryman's car. The robbery and battery sentences are to be served concurrently with the seven-year term for burglary.

Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. said he would consider modifying the sentence in January, provided Follett has no disciplinary problems in prison.

In a statement of facts, prosecutor Clarence W. Beall III said Follett tried to steal a pizza deliveryman's car Oct. 31, 1995, from behind Fox's Pizza Den in Westminster.

The deliveryman, Ray Cook, heard the engine start and ran outside. Beall said Cook jumped on the hood of the car as Follett drove away, and was thrown to the ground as Follett intentionally swerved down an alley behind the Pennsylvania Avenue shop.

In the burglary case, Beall said Follett broke into a home in Union Mills on Sept. 28, 1995, and stole $935.

Burns ordered restitution for that amount.

Pub Date: 2/13/97

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