Harney man guilty in police car joy ride Plea bargain means 18 months in jail

March 26, 1997|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Harney man pleaded guilty in Carroll Circuit Court yesterday to stealing a state police cruiser and beating a man in unrelated incidents last year.

Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. will sentence Daniel D. Connell, 19, of the 5000 block of Harney Road on June 17.

As part of a plea bargain, Connell will receive an unspecified prison sentence with all but 18 months suspended for going on a joy ride in a stolen police car on Oct. 23.

The maximum sentence for felony theft is 15 years.

He will be placed on probation for five years, and will be ordered to pay $4,075 in restitution to the Maryland State Police for damages to the cruiser and $125 to cover mailboxes damaged during the three-hour joy ride.

All other charges stemming from the theft will not be prosecuted.

Connell and another man took the car from the 140 Village shopping center after noticing that a trooper left the keys in the ignition, prosecutor Tracy A. Gilmore said. The men bought beer in Taneytown and drove north into Pennsylvania before being stopped by Pennsylvania State Police.

As part of a plea bargain on a battery charge, Connell will receive a suspended sentence and be ordered to pay $840 restitution for medical expenses incurred by Tony Lewis of Taneytown.

The maximum sentence for battery is 20 years.

Connell and two co-defendants were in a food market parking lot Sept. 27 when Connell went to assist one of his passengers in a fight with Lewis.

Co-defendants in both cases have not yet come to trial.

Pub Date: 3/26/97

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