Pawning stolen jewelry leads to prison for woman

Pawning stolen jewelry leads to prison for woman

(Sept. 19, 2014) The Pocomoke woman who helped pawn jewelry stolen from a residence near West Ocean City in the spring was sentenced earlier this month to five years in prison.

On May 7, 2013, Kente Wilcox, 30, of Westover, and Maurice Holden, 32, of Melfa, Va., were traveling in a van with telephone directories as a ruse so they could pretend they were delivering them. Actually, they just wanted to try to break into houses.

They entered a house off Route 611 after finding its garage door opener in an unlocked car while the owners were away for part of an afternoon. Inside, they stole a safe containing valuable jewelry. Most of the jewelry items were family heirlooms and several were one-of-a-kind pieces.

The safe was later found in a wooded area.

During the investigation, police saw a video of Wilcox, Holden and a woman at a pawn shop in Pocomoke where they pawned some items stolen from that house. That woman was Patricia Antoinette Johnson, 31, of Pocomoke.

In Circuit Court in Snow Hill on Sept. 3, Johnson entered an Alford plea to being an accessory after the statute. In an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit guilt, but acknowledges that the prosecution has sufficient evidence for a conviction. It is considered a guilty plea.

Judge Richard Bloxom sentenced Johnson to five years in prison, with all but two years and six months suspended. After her release from prison, Johnson will be on supervised probation for five years.

Johnson and the others involved in that crime were ordered to make restitution of $200,000 to the homeowners.

Holden was sentenced March 6 to 15 years in prison, with all but five years suspended. Wilcox, who was found guilty of committing two burglaries and was shot by the homeowner during the second burglary, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for each crime. His sentences will be served concurrently.

Wilcox had reportedly agreed to testify against Johnson if she pleaded

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