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Man agrees to plea deal in New Windsor robbery


A man accused of robbing a New Windsor convenience store was found guilty yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court.

Leonard Carville Schisler, 20, of the 2500 block of Marston Road in New Windsor was convicted of armed robbery, use of a handgun in a felony, first-degree burglary and fleeing arrest.

He robbed a New Windsor convenience store in March 1999 and stole a large amount of cash and jewelry from the Mount Airy home of his cousin's fiance in June 1999, according to the statement of facts read by prosecutor Clarence W. Beall III. He also evaded Maryland State Police after stealing gas from a Woodbine 7-11 in May.

Sara Ann Hartman, Schisler's accomplice in the incidents, testified against Schisler in last week's trial. She pleaded out of her charges and in October received an eight-year sentence suspended to time served. Hartman was waiting in the car while Schisler committed the robbery and burglary. She is awaiting final sentencing after pending the completion of Schisler's cases.

Schisler entered a plea of not guilty on all counts but agreed not to dispute the prosecutor's statement of facts in the three cases, heard by Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck.

The defendant waived his right to a jury trial and accepted a plea agreement, in which he was sentenced to 20 years in prison immediately suspended and capped at eight years. He must serve the first five years without parole for using a handgun.

The defendant and Hartman are jointly responsible for restitution for the burglary. Baltimore City Police made the initial arrest of Schisler and recovered $3,800 the defendant said he planned to use to buy illegal drugs. If that money is returned, the restitution would be reduced accordingly.

Schisler also awaits sentencing after being found guilty of first- and second-degree assault and false imprisonment charges in another incident.

He will be sentenced on those charges and in the robbery Oct. 18.

He will submit to random drug tests by the Maryland Department of Parole and Probation for an addiction to heroin.

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