Man pleads guilty to breaking and entering charges

FRONT ROYAL -- An Annandale man pleaded guilty on Monday to two breaking and entering charges as part of a plea agreement.

FRONT ROYAL — An Annandale man pleaded guilty on Monday to two breaking and entering charges as part of a plea agreement.

Charlie Montano, 21, was charged with breaking into a home and breaking into a vehicle in the early morning hours of Aug. 23, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Anna Hammond said. The resident of the Front Royal house Montano broke into awoke in her living room at 2:30 a.m. to see Montano right beside her, Hammond said. They began screaming at each other, Hammond added, and the resident was able to wrap Montano in a blanket and push him to her back door and make him leave.

Front Royal police saw Montano in the neighborhood soon after, Hammond continued, and when the officer approached him, Montano told the officer to take him to jail. There was a letter found in Montano’s pocket that was addressed to someone living in the neighborhood, Hammond noted. Hammond said that Montano was sweating profusely when he encountered police, and that Montano told police that he may have been under the influence of LSD.

Montano pleaded guilty to the two charges and was given a suspended sentence of five years in prison and an additional year in jail as part of the plea agreement. Rather than serve any time in custody after Monday, he must complete two years of supervised probation.

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