Man who was shot in break-in pleads guilty, receives probation

September 11, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

One of three men shot during a break-in at a Glyndon concrete plant in March pleaded guilty to burglary yesterday in Baltimore County Circuit Court.

Justin Storto, 22, of Randallstown was sentenced to three years' probation and given a three-year suspended sentence by Judge Thomas J. Bollinger Sr. in connection with the break-in March 19 at Back River Supply Inc.

Dominic "Tony" Geckle and Matthew Geckle, owners of the plant, had armed themselves with shotguns and were spending the night in an unlighted warehouse, in the 12200 block of Owings Mills Blvd., after break-ins the two previous nights. Storto was one of three men shot in the back by Tony Geckle after they entered the warehouse. Jonathan Steinbach, 24, of Baltimore died at the scene. Enrico L. Magliarella, 24, of Reisterstown, was placed on two years' probation Aug. 8 by Judge Christian M. Kahl.

Kahl also ordered Magliarella to pay $1,000 in restitution to help pay for $11,000 worth of goods stolen in two previous burglaries at the warehouse, said Assistant State's Attorney Frank C. Meyer.

Insurance covered about $10,000 of the losses, Meyer said.

The three intruders were unarmed, but a county grand jury reviewed written statements and heard about five hours of closed-door testimony before declining to indict the Geckles in the shootings.

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