A West Virginia man must serve prison time for committing burglaries and larcenies in the Northern Shenandoah Valley in 2011 and for dealing drugs last year.
Peter Nicholas Zimmerman IV pleaded guilty Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to two counts of breaking and entering into a dwelling with the intent to commit a felony, one count of breaking and entering into a dwelling with the intent to commit a misdemeanor, four counts of grand larceny and one count of distribution of a schedule III controlled substance while an incarcerated prisoner. Court records show that Zimmerman distributed a schedule III controlled substance as a prisoner on March 7, 2018.
Judge Dennis L. Hupp accepted Zimmerman’s guilty pleas and sentenced the defendant to 20 years in prison with four years and two months suspended for committing burglary. Hupp sentenced Zimmerman to the same term of punishment for each of four counts of grand larceny and two counts of breaking and entering, with all terms to run concurrently and not consecutive to each other. Hupp also sentenced Zimmerman to five years in prison with all but four years and two months suspended, also to run concurrently with the other punishments. Zimmerman must complete three years of supervised probation.
Grand larceny and burglary carry maximum punishments of 20 years in a state penitentiary. Distribution of a schedule III controlled substance while an incarcerated prisoner carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison.
Hupp ordered Zimmerman, 42, of Bunker Hill, West Virginia, to pay $23,497 in restitution to the victims of the burglaries and larcenies by Dec. 31, 2025. Zimmerman must share the cost of the restitution with a co-defendant identified in court documents as Ryan J. Woolum, of Gerrardstown, West Virginia.
An agreement reached between the commonwealth and Zimmerman’s attorney, Jillian Curfman, called for the defendant to plead guilty to the felony charges. In exchange for his guilty pleas, the commonwealth asked the court to dismiss Zimmerman’s remaining five counts of conspiracy to commit burglary, five counts of conspiracy to commit grand larceny, three counts of burglary, two counts of grand larceny and two counts of distribution of a schedule III controlled substance. Hupp accepted the agreement and granted the commonwealth’s motion to dismiss most of Zimmerman’s charges. Hupp sentenced Zimmerman per the agreement.
Zimmerman committed the burglaries and larcenies in 2011 in Clarke, Frederick and Shenandoah counties, according to court records. Cases that originated in Clarke and Frederick counties were transferred to Shenandoah County Circuit Court for sentencing.
Court records show a grand jury in Shenandoah County indicted Zimmerman on his local charges Oct. 12, 2011. Records show authorities did not arrest Zimmerman on the Shenandoah County charges until mid-February 2014. However, records indicate a bench warrant for his arrest issued Nov. 29 by a judge in Shenandoah County Circuit Court remained outstanding for several weeks. Online court records did not make it clear what transpired in the defendant’s case between Oct. 12, 2011, and Feb. 19, 2014.