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Man sentenced to six-year term in burglaries


A Carroll judge recommended yesterday drug treatment and boot camp for a Hampstead man he had sentenced to three concurrent six-year prison terms for burglary and theft.

Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. imposed 15-year sentences, but suspended nine years of each against Brandon Michael Toston, also known as Michael Arthur T. Brandon.

Toston entered not guilty pleas, but agreed to accept the prosecutor's version of what happened.

According to prosecutor David P. Daggett, Toston broke into a Hampstead apartment between Aug. 31 and Sept. 3 last year, stealing $400 from a table drawer. His palm and finger prints were found on a window ledge.

Toston also entered a Cape Horn Road residence Sept. 6 and stole a purse containing $201, the prosecutor said. The purse was found that day next to the driveway at his parents' home, and his mother persuaded him to return the money, Daggett said.

The third incident involved a break-in Sept. 21 at a barn on Leisters Church Road, where an air compressor was stolen and pawned in Baltimore County, Daggett said. The pawnbroker would have testified that Toston was the person who brought the air compressor to his shop, the prosecutor said.

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