From Staff Reports
OAKLAND — Nicholas Ryan Owens, 22, McHenry, was sentenced in Garrett County Circuit Court to three years in prison after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary. Related charges were dismissed upon his plea.
Judge Jim Sherbin sentenced Owens to eight years in the Maryland Division of Correction with five years suspended. Owens will be on probation upon his release, with conditions that include the payment of $3,710 restitution.
In December, Owens was charged by Maryland State Police who investigated a complaint in September from a resident in the Lonaconing area that his home had been entered and a safe removed. The safe reportedly contained three long guns, cash, jewelry and other personal items. A few days later the empty safe was found near the residence of co-defendant Nathan Payne who confessed to being one of two people who had committed the burglary. Payne is serving a jail sentence. Additional investigation led to Owens being identified as the second burglar.