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Man sentenced to 18 months for series of thefts

A man accused of committing a series of thefts in Westminster was sentenced to serve 18 months in prison Tuesday as a part of a plea agreement in four cases.

Travis Tommy Conley, 25, of no fixed address, pleaded not guilty but agreed not to challenge the state's version of the facts to two counts of theft less than $1,000, one count of theft scheme less than $1,000 and one count of driving under the influence of alcohol per se.

Conley was given three consecutive 18-month sentences with all but six months suspended in each theft case by Judge Michael M. Galloway. He was also placed on probation for the DUI per se.

Conley had four open cases for theft in the Circuit Court of Carroll County and one in District Court, according to Senior Assistant State's Attorney Ted Eyler. The state declined to prosecute one Circuit Court case and the District Court case as a part of the agreement.

In February and March, Conley and his brother, James Kemper Conley, 43, allegedly entered various retail locations and took food, cigarettes and alcohol without permission, according to the statement of facts read into the record by Eyler.

In each instance, the suspects would select items to purchase, approach the counter, and one suspect would walk out with the merchandise while the other stayed to pay, according to the statement of facts. The second suspect would then exit the store without paying.

According to defense attorney Samuel Nalli, Travis Conley had a relatively unblemished criminal record prior to the series of thefts, which he committed because he was homeless.

"He just fell on hard times and was trying to survive," Nalli said. "He should have gone about it in a different way."

Conley has a history of drug use, according to Nalli, and would like to receive in-patient treatment, if possible. Galloway also agreed to consider a modification to Conley's sentence if he is approved for drug treatment court.

Galloway also ordered Conley to pay restitution to Safeway, Liberty Mart, Sheetz, Weis Markets, Carriage House Liquors and Walmart, all located in Westminster.

James Kemper Conley is scheduled for a criminal court trial August 14 in the Circuit Court for Carroll County, according to electronic court files. He also has two pending matters in the District Court.

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