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January 28, 2013

Repeat burglar sentenced to state prison

NEW CASTLE — A Neshannock Township man will spend up to 10 years in a state penitentiary for a rash of burglaries.

Samuel Leroy Bartberger Jr., 32, of 2738 Plank Road was sentenced by Lawrence County Judge J. Craig Cox to  serve up to 10 years in a state correctional institution for nine separate offenses, including burglaries, attempted burglaries and a trespass case. The judge ordered that all sentences are to be served concurrently.

New Castle police allege that Bartberger broke into nine houses in the city between March 28 and April 11, taking cash, jewelry, a camera, two laptop computers, a Nintendo game system and game and clothing, including a costume from a medieval festival.

Bartberger faced more than 20 counts including burglary, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, theft by deception and attempted burglary.

Sentences imposed include fines and court costs for each guilty plea, as follows:

•$1,000 restitution to one victim and $866 restitution to Metlife.

•Costs of prosecution, $800 restitution to the victim and $1,234.30 restitution to Allstate Insurance.

•Costs of prosecution for one case with no restitution to a victim.

•Costs of prosecution, $1,125 restitution to one victim and $125 restitution to New Castle Gold.

•Costs of prosecution, $974 restitution to one victim and $125 restitution to New Castle Gold.

•Costs of prosecution for an attempted burglary case.

•Four years probation and costs or prosecution in one case.

•Costs of prosecution for a criminal trespass case.

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