Two sentenced in burglary cases


PARIS — Two men admitted to burglary and stealing firearms in appearances Monday in the Oxford County Superior Court.

Dustin N. Locke, 22, of 124 Federal St. in St. Albans, Vt., and Jonathan Palmer, 21, of 28 John St. in Jackman, each admitted to one count of burglary and one count of theft. The incidents the men were charged in were unrelated.

Locke was charged with burglarizing a Lovell residence three times in July of 2008. Assistant District Attorney Richard Beauchesne said police found two of the missing firearms at Locke’s residence, then in Madison, N.H. Locke admitted to taking morphine the first time and six firearms the other two times.

The plea agreement dismissed charges of two counts of burglary, one count of theft, and one count of stealing drugs. Justice Robert Clifford agreed that Locke should serve 90 days of a three-year prison sentence with three years of probation. He must also pay $1,315 in restitution to the homeowner.

Assistant District Attorney Joe O’Connor said Palmer burglarized a Norway camp in September, taking two firearms and two fishing poles. O’Connor said the property owner suspected Palmer in the crime and confronted him the next day, at which point Palmer admitted the theft and returned the items.

Palmer’s plea agreement dismissed one count of theft. Clifford accepted a plea agreement ordering Palmer to serve 14 days of a five-year prison sentence with three years of probation.

Beauchesne and O’Connor said that Locke and Palmer were each experiencing drug problems at the time of the burglaries, but had taken steps to remedy the issue. During their probation, both Locke and Palmer must not use or possess illegal drugs, submit to random searches for drugs, and attend drug counseling.

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