Hagerstown man pleads guilty to series of Christmas burglaries
William Koreem Becton Hardison (May 20, 2013)
Assistant State’s Attorney Gina Cirincion told Judge Dana Moylan Wright that the state was seeking a prison sentence of 12 years for William Koreem Becton Hardison, 22, formerly of 208 1/2 Jonathan St. Wright granted a request by defense attorney Mary Drawbaugh for a delay in sentencing until August.
Hardison also will face repaying his share of more than $30,000 in restitution, according to court records.
Hardison and Ashton Lee Frisby, 20, and Devon Lee Frisby, 21, both of 838 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, were charged in December with breaking into several homes about a week before Christmas, as well as following delivery trucks to steal packages from front porches, according to the charging documents filed by the Hagerstown Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
Hardison’s guilty pleas were to burglaries committed on Morningside Avenue, Orchard Hills Parkway, Manse Road and Stouffer Avenue, Cirincion told Wright. Jewelry, electronics and other victims’ belongings were found in a search of Hardison’s home, she said.
The Frisby brothers are scheduled to be in court June 4, Cirincion said.
The Frisbys were arrested in Pennsylvania. They each face 37 counts, including several charges of burglary, theft, criminal conspiracy and malicious destruction of property, court records said.
“I think it’s a shame going around right before Christmas stealing packages,” Phil Baker of Hagerstown said after the plea was accepted. He was one of the package theft victims, he said.
Baker said that not long after the delivery truck driver rang his bell, he looked outside and saw a man running toward a gold sport utility vehicle, carrying a package away from his home.
More than 40 charges against Hardison were dismissed as part of the plea agreement, including burglary, criminal conspiracy, theft and malicious destruction of property.