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Man gets 12-year sentence for string of Crofton break-ins


A man whom police said they have linked to 85 burglaries in two states pleaded guilty yesterday to felony theft in connection with more than a dozen break-ins and thefts of valuables in Crofton in the mid-1990s.

Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Clayton Greene Jr. sentenced Larry M. Johnson, 52, formerly of the 11800 block of Thrift Road in Clinton, to 12 years in prison.

The plea agreement calls for Johnson to make about $40,000 in restitution to the victims in Crofton, some of whom lost family heirlooms, said Thomas Fleckenstein, assistant state's attorney. The burglaries left homeowners terrified in several neighborhoods in the west-county community.

Johnson's sentence is to be served concurrently with a 10-year sentence he received for thefts in Harford County. After he finishes serving time in Maryland, Johnson is to serve nine years in Delaware for burglaries there.

Johnson had pleaded guilty in the Crofton break-ins and was sentenced last year, but the state Court of Appeals overturned the convictions because of an evidence error.

A videotape of Johnson's 1996 statements to officials in Harford County, where he was arrested, was not given to Johnson's lawyers in Anne Arundel County because Harford officials could not find it.

Nevertheless, testimony about some of the information on the tape was allowed despite objections by Johnson's lawyers.

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