A Westminster man was sentenced to serve five years in prison for breaking into a Union Bridge home and illegally possessing guns.
Drew Pennington Berkheimer, 23, pleaded not guilty but agreed not to challenge the state's version of the facts to first-degree burglary, theft and illegal firearm possession. Berkheimer is prohibited from owning regulated firearms while younger than 30 because of his juvenile record.
Judge Michael M. Galloway sentenced Berkheimer to 10 years in prison with all but five years suspended, to be served concurrently with a sentence for theft scheme and illegal possession of a firearm in Frederick County stemming from the incident.
Berkheimer has been incarcerated since July after an investigation into stolen firearms in Frederick County led police to stolen property in Berkheimer's residence, according to Circuit Court Chief Allan Culver.
Carroll County Sheriff's Office deputies were investigating a May 2014 burglary at a Union Bridge residence when they assisted Frederick City Police with a search warrant on Berkheimer's home, according to the statement of facts read into the record by Culver.
Frederick Police were investigating the theft of firearms from Berkheimer's grandfather, a former firearms dealer, and when they searched Berkheimer's residence, some of the firearms as well as items missing from his grandfather's Union Bridge home were found, Culver said.
Public defender Judson Larrimore said Berkheimer has substance abuse and mental health issues but has not received treatment as an adult.
Galloway agreed to consider modifying Berkheimer's sentence to allow him to receive inpatient drug treatment when he is near his parole date, estimated as January 2017.
Berkheimer's mother told Galloway her son has her full support and will live with her when he is released.