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Man who violated probation receives 7-year prison term


An Owings Mills man, who is serving a one-year sentence in Baltimore, was sentenced to seven years in prison yesterday for violating probation in five Carroll County burglary and theft cases.

According to court records, Steven Carl Lafferman, 26, of the 100 block of Willow Bend Drive pleaded guilty to theft and burglary charges in February 1997 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Sentences for four similar cases were made concurrent.

After serving less than eight months, the balance of Lafferman's sentences was suspended, and he was placed on five years' probation with the primary condition that he obey all laws and report to a probation officer.

On April 6, he pleaded guilty to violating probation, leading to his being sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison.

All but seven years of the term were suspended and, upon his release, he must be on probation for five years and pay restitution of $3,946.

The original charges stemmed from a burglary spree in Westminster and Finksburg between May 4 and June 13, 1996, court documents showed.

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