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Man sentenced to 10 years for home burglaries


A 24-year-old former Finksburg man received a 10-year prison sentence yesterday after pleading guilty to burglarizing two homes in Upperco and Finksburg last summer.

Dennis B. Jennings, who was already imprisoned, told Carroll Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold that he had a drug habit, and he apologized in court to his victims. He has several previous convictions for drug possession and burglary.

The judge ordered that Jennings pay $625 restitution for damage from the break-in at the Carroll County home near Upperco. Arnold told Jennings he was fortunate that no one was at the home in the 1200 block of Emory Church Road -- as it belongs to a retired state police sergeant.

The judge suspended five years of concurrent 15-year sentences on each first-degree burglary conviction. He agreed to recommend placement at Patuxent Institution.

Last July, Jennings and his girlfriend were caught in Finksburg soon after the burglary, said Assistant State's Attorney Clarence W. Beall III. A neighbor spotted a Toyota Celica parked in the victims' driveway about noon and called their daughter -- who came to the house and confronted the woman in the car, described the man fleeing from the home and got the license plate number.

State police traced the car to a home in the 2200 block of Baltimore Blvd. and arrested Jennings and Amber D. Ashe, 20, who agreed to testify against him, Beall said. Police also found broken glass on Jennings' shoes.

The second case involved a July 13 break-in at a Finksburg home.

Pub Date: 2/10/99

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