Westminster man convicted of burglary given extra time in prison for probation violation

January 05, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Westminster man whose October conviction for burglary netted him 10 years in prison was given an additional three years and 10 months yesterday because the conviction violated terms of probation from an unrelated 1997 case, court records show.

Dennis L. Meinshein, 24, has lived in several Carroll County locations, including his last known residence in Westminster, court records show.

On Oct. 8, a Carroll County jury convicted Meinshein on burglary charges, and he was sentenced to 20 years in prison with all but 10 suspended.

In the 1997 case, Meinshein was given a five-year sentence with all but time served suspended for a theft-scheme conviction. He was placed on five years' probation and ordered to pay $2,435 in restitution. Probation officials said that Meinshein has paid $75 in restitution.

Included in those charges was information that he had broken into a state police cruiser parked outside a Manchester residence and stolen a laptop computer.

After Meinshein was convicted of the latest charges, officials filed probation violation charges against him.

The burglary conviction is under appeal and Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. said he would consider modifying the terms imposed yesterday if Meinshein's appeal is upheld.

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