Reese merchant who bilked customers of down payments receives 10 years

March 20, 1998|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Reese store owner who bilked customers of their down payments for carpet and services was sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday, after his family paid $26,000 in restitution.

The state would have sought a 20-year prison term for Roy D. Marshall, 33, of Westminster, had he failed to pay back the customers who were victims of his "wanton disregard for others," said David P. Daggett, Carroll County assistant state's attorney.

Marshall became tearful as he apologized, saying that his business went bad as he went through a divorce and that he lost control.

Pennsylvania authorities were waiting outside the courtroom to serve a warrant for felony theft and take Marshall into custody.

Before beginning his prison term, Marshall was to be taken to York, Pa., for a bail hearing on charges that he opened a bank account there in 1992 by writing a bad check for $4,400, Daggett said.

Marshall, who owned and operated Marshall's Carpet & Services, pleaded not guilty in January to nine counts of theft over $300 and one count of attempted theft in the Carroll cases.

He agreed, however, not to contest Daggett's statement of the facts.

Pub Date: 3/20/98

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