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Town man nears plea agreement

Lillard accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry in burglaries

By Linwood Outlaw III - loutlaw@nvdaily.com

FRONT ROYAL -- A plea agreement could be entered next month for a local man accused of committing or attempting numerous burglaries and stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry earlier this year.

Steven Curtis Lillard, 42, of 353 Kendrick Lane, Apt. 40, was indicted by a Warren County Circuit Court grand jury in July on two counts each of grand larceny and breaking and entering with the intent to commit larceny, and one count of attempted breaking and entering. Authorities say the crimes occurred between March 26 and May 20.

Police executed a search warrant on Lillard's apartment and found multiple pieces of jewelry inside the apartment that were positively identified as belonging to victims of separate burglaries, according to court records.

Lillard, according to court documents, stole about $15,525 worth of jewelry from one woman, and $1,300 in jewelry from another woman. A criminal complaint filed in court says that Lillard admitted to taking jewelry from at least one of the victims. Police said Lillard also was involved in an attempted burglary at 301 Salem Ave. on May 20.

Lillard was expected to be arraigned Tuesday morning.

However, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Nicholas Manthos and Lillard's attorney, Margarita Wood, again asked Judge Dennis L. Hupp to postpone Lillard's hearing, as the sides are working on a possible resolution of the case.

Lillard's arraignment has been delayed several times since he was indicted, in part because prosecutors were trying to arrange a sit-down with him to discuss a proffer.

Manthos said on Tuesday a plea agreement in the case has been reached in principle, and that both sides need a little more time. Hupp rescheduled the arraignment for Jan. 11.

About a week before he was indicted in Warren County, Lillard pleaded guilty in Frederick County Circuit Court on June 28 to charges of misdemeanor unlawful entry, driving without a valid license, and grand larceny, crimes that were committed on Nov. 30, 2009. He was sentenced to a total of four years and 90 days in confinement, with all but six months being suspended from the term. Lillard also was ordered to serve two years supervised probation and pay $20 in restitution.

Police said Lillard was out on bail when he was arrested in connection with the offenses he allegedly committed in Warren County earlier this year.

In February 2008, Lillard pleaded guilty in Warren County Circuit Court to one count of grand larceny, and was sentenced to 12 months in jail, all suspended. He also had to serve one year of supervised probation.

Lillard is being held without bond.

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