Ex-midshipman accused of Annapolis break-in avoids conviction

Agreement calls for Guadagnini to perform community service, repay homeowner

March 14, 2011|By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun

A former Naval Academy midshipman, who is a rear admiral's son and baseball star, will perform community service and pay restitution to the owner of the Annapolis home he is accused of breaking into, in an agreement that calls for criminal charges to be dropped.

Michael C. Guadagnini appeared briefly Monday, his 23rd birthday, in District Court in Annapolis, where the agreement was disclosed.

Guadagnini stood silently. His attorney, William M. Ferris, and prosecutor Matthew Chalker told Judge Danielle M. Mosley that within 90 days Guadagnini would complete 50 hours of community service and pay an Annapolis homeowner for bashing in patio doors and related damage he is accused of causing Dec. 2. If he meets those conditions, charges of fourth-degree burglary and malicious property destruction will be dropped.

Guadagnini had been on track to graduate this spring. But he was expelled from the Naval Academy in January. That was about six weeks after he was accused of breaking down the doors of a home when he appeared to be drunk after celebrating service selection day.

"They were out celebrating. It doesn't matter, but it is our belief that somebody spiked his drink," Ferris said outside the courtroom.

Guadagnini is the son of Rear Adm. Mark Guadagnini, a Naval Academy graduate; a grandfather and an uncle also graduated from the academy, and his brother, Mark, of the Naval Academy Class of 2008, also was on the baseball team, according to his player biography.

"I think it is as good a resolution as we could reasonably expect," Brian Brown, the homeowner, said later. "We definitely know he has been punished by the academy." The amount of restitution was not disclosed.

Brown's family hopes Guadagnini's community service will include dealing with crime victims so that he can learn about the fear his actions caused. "It didn't end that night for us. We dealt with the trauma and after-effects, safety issues and feeling violated by the whole thing," he said.

Annapolis police said Guadagnini had been found with a bloody nose about 1 a.m. Dec. 2 in woods a couple of miles from the Naval Academy and near Brown's house. Only minutes before, police said the Brown family was awakened by their Jack Russell terrier. Brown confronted the man, who was in a midshipman uniform and smelled of alcohol. The man kicked in the back door before entering the home and then leaving.

andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

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