Burglar in West Ocean City crime gets break in court, again

Burglar in West Ocean City crime gets break in court, again


(Jan. 18, 2012) A Baltimore teen-ager who got a legal break after burglarizing a West Ocean City residence in July 2011 got another break in court last Friday.

Although Shane Andrew Cohill, 19, did not do what he was supposed to do while on probation for the burglary, Judge Richard Bloxom said “there is some chance” Cohill would do as required this time.

Cohill, a 19-year-old young woman and two 17-year-old boys came to the resort area and broke into a residence on Village Lane, just off Old Bridge Road. They pried open the back door to get in. Police said they were using it as a temporary place to stay.

A day or two later, the owner returned to his home to find the four teenagers inside and his television on. He did not know the intruders.

One of the teens ran away, but was caught by a sheriff’s deputy who was in the area. The other three were still in the residence when state troopers arrived.

The teens had hidden items belonging to the resident in their own travel bags because they were planning to steal them.

All four were charged with first-degree burglary and in Circuit Court in Snow Hill last Friday Bloxom said that charge carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.

In a plea agreement with the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office, Cohill entered an Alford plea Dec. 6, 2011, to fourth-degree burglary and the other charges were not prosecuted. In an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit guilty, but acknowledges that the prosecution has sufficient evidence for a conviction.

Bloxom accepted the plea deal and sentenced Cohill to 18 months in jail with all but one month suspended. After his release, Cohill would be on supervised probation for three years and was ordered to perform 40 hours of community service.

“I fully expected he’d comply,” Bloxom said last Friday when Cohill was in court to face a charge of violating his probation.

Cohill’s probation agent said he had missed two visits and had not performed the community service. Cohill had spent 40 hours cleaning exercise equipment at a gym, but work at a for-profit business is not acceptable for community service.

“He works for some gym someplace,” Bloxom said. “That’s not community service.”

The probation agent wanted Bloxom to send Cohill back to jail to complete the original 18-month sentence, but the judge ordered Cohill back to jail for just 90 days. After his release, he will continue to be on probation.

Cohill said his girlfriend’s baby is due in February and they plan to marry in May.

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