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Staubitz sentenced to 9 years and 11 months for burglaries


A Carroll County judge sentenced John M. Staubitz Jr. yesterday to nine years and 11 months in prison, bringing a resolution to the cases stemming from a string of 1993 suburban Baltimore burglaries.

A former deputy state health secretary, Staubitz will serve the sentence concurrently with an eight-year term he is serving for an April conviction in five Baltimore County burglaries.

Staubitz, 46, will be given credit for the prison time served since his September 1993 arrest.

Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. imposed yesterday's sentence as part of an earlier plea deal in which Staubitz pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary.

Under the terms of the plea, Staubitz paid nearly $20,000 in restitution to the owners of the four homes and one business he was charged with burglarizing. Prosecutors dropped more than 30 other charges against him.

As part of the plea arrangement, Staubitz has agreed to dismiss his appeal to the Court of Special Appeals on all of his convictions in Baltimore County Circuit Court.

Howard County prosecutors dropped charges in January against Staubitz in connection with two burglary cases because of the lengthy sentences he received in Carroll and Baltimore counties.

In September 1993, Staubitz and Robert Ernest Emmons Jr., the accomplice he met in prison while serving time for skimming thousands of dollars from the State Games program, are alleged to have burglarized a dozen homes in Carroll, Baltimore and Howard counties.

Emmons, who testified against Staubitz in Baltimore County trials, is serving 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to the break-ins.

According to court records and testimony, the two stole nearly $100,000 worth of jewelry, electronics, guns and other valuables in the three-county crime spree.

Staubitz was released from prison in February 1993 after serving 10 months for skimming thousands of dollars from the State Games, a relatively small program that he supervised as the No. 2 official of the health department.

Staubitz was convicted on a charge of conspiracy to commit misconduct in office in May 1992.

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