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Baltimore man sentenced to eight years for credit card theft

Baltimore man sentenced to eight years for credit card theft
Rodney Dana Sydnor was sentenced to eight years at a Maryland correctional facility on Feb. 25 for multiple counts of credit card theft.

A Baltimore man was sentenced to eight years at a Maryland correctional facility for multiple counts of credit card theft.

Rodney Dana Sydnor, 56, was given 10 years, with all but eight years suspended, for charging between $1,000 to $10,000 on another person's credit card during his sentencing hearing Thursday in Carroll County Circuit Court.

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Judge Thomas Stansfield also sentenced him to 18 months for theft between $1,000 to $10,000, 18 months for identity fraud, 18 months each for two counts of theft less than $1,000, and 18 months for identity fraud that led to theft under $1,000, but fully suspended each 18-month sentence.

Stansfield also ordered five years supervised probation after Sydnor is released.

"I think this incarceration is in order given the defendant's criminal history," Stansfield said.

Sydnor was arrested in August 2015 after being indicted on charges stemming from two cases of credit card thefts in Carroll County.

Sydnor pleaded guilty to the charges during a Feb. 9 hearing. As part of the guilty plea, Melissa Hockensmith, senior assistant state's attorney, asked for eight years, and entered the other 27 charges from the two cases as nolle prosequi, which means the prosecution will not try the charges.

Without the eight years as part of the plea, Sydnor could have faced at least 14 years for his charges, Stansfield said.

He has also been found guilty of theft in Howard County and is set to be sentenced. His criminal history also lists multiple cases from Baltimore County where he has been found guilty of credit card theft or theft, according to electronic court records.

Sydnor had been battling drug addiction that started with prescription drugs. He had been part of the Carroll County Detention Center's 90-day program, according to a previous Carroll County Times article.

"I know I still have to make amends for the things I have done," Sydnor told the court. "I know I have a long way to go."

Stansfield said he considered the drug addiction when sentencing Sydnor.

"I understand all the arguments of the defendant's drug problems and drug abuse, but he has a long criminal history," Stansfield said.

A call to Sydnor's lawyer went unreturned as of 5 p.m. Thursday.

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