South Carroll man, 21, pleads guilty to break-ins

April 24, 2001|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

A 21-year-old South Carroll man pleaded guilty yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court to a series of break-ins in Sykesville and Eldersburg in October.

Joshua Scott Pattison, formerly of Sykesville, is to be sentenced July 10 on convictions in six cases, including felony and misdemeanor thefts, first-degree burglary and assault. Circuit Judge Michael M. Galloway agreed to impose no more than two years in jail under the plea agreement.

Defense attorney Robert Smith said Pattison is a heroin addict and is seeking an in-patient drug treatment program. According to the agreed-upon statement of facts, the burglaries occurred between Oct. 6 and 25 at homes in the Sykesville and Eldersburg areas.

Items stolen included a $1,200 stereo system from the 800 block of Old Liberty Road; an $800 video camera from Central Avenue; a chain saw and a power washer from the 7000 block of Saddle Drive; a chain saw and leaf blowers from the 6200 block of Carroll Park Drive; more than $1,000 in jewelry from the 5800 block of Westchester Hills Court; and a $150 19-inch television set that belonged to Pattison's sister.

Most of the items were recovered at pawnshops in the Baltimore area, including Liberty Road and Edmondson Village, according to the statement of facts. Pattison sold a chain saw, weed cutter and leaf blowers to an individual for $300 after retrieving the equipment from woods near a school, according to the statement of facts.

Also yesterday, Galloway sentenced a 34-year-old Westminster man to an 18-month jail term for assaulting a former girlfriend in July with a steak knife, which he used to cut off her long red hair.

Richard L. Carbon, formerly of Union Street, received a five-year sentence for second-degree assault, with all but 18 months suspended and credit for time served. The judge also ordered three years of probation, with extra conditions that he stay away from the former girlfriend, attend training on abusive relationships, abstain from alcohol and drugs and attend at least two meetings a week of Narcotics or Alcoholics Anonymous, with random testing.

Before sentencing, Carbon told the judge, "This is not my personality. It was two people ruining each other's lives because of alcohol. I feel as though I been victimized as well."

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