Burglary, home invasion co-defendants plead guilty

WOODSTOCK — A pair of co-defendants in two burglary cases involving  a third defendant, Thomas Henry Caison, 20, pleaded guilty on Wednesday in separate plea agreements.

Drago Lee Lockhart, 23, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit burglary after he went into a home on Lora Street in Woodstock on Oct. 27 while high on Xanax, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Louis Campola said during the hearing. Casion had gone into the home after Lockhart, but Caison fled the scene when police arrived. The prosecution dismissed the other three charges against Lockhart stemming from the incident.

Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp sentenced Lockhart to five years imprisonment with all but one year suspended. He must also complete three years of supervised probation upon his release, and will report to jail on Sept. 15.

Another Caison co-defendant, Jonathan David Hurston, was a getaway driver in the December 2015 burglary of a storage shed at a Strasburg residence. Caison stole an Xbox 360 from the shed, Campola added. Hurston could have been charged as an accessory to the crime, but as part of his plea agreement the charge was amended to misdemeanor trespassing even though he was never actually on the property.

Hupp sentenced Hurston to 90 days in jail, all of which was suspended. He must also pay $100 of a $200 fine, and will remain on unsupervised probation for a year.

The sentencing hearing in the cases against Caison was postponed until Sept. 7 to allow  him to be evaluated for a youthful offender program. That hearing will be in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.