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Amanda Hicks

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

A man and woman from Wirtz face up to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty last week to stealing jewelry from a Franklin County residence in January.

Amanda Hicks, 26, and Steven Lohrmann, 31, each pleaded guilty to one count of burglary and one count of grand larceny in Franklin County Circuit Court.

A second set of charges (burglary and grand larceny), stemming from another jewelry heist, against each defendant was dismissed through the plea agreement.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Dwight Rudd said a third defendant in the case, Steven Lanham, will be tried at a later date.

The jewelry thefts from the two county residences, one on Roseberry Lane and one on Middle Valley Road, occurred on Jan. 2 and Jan. 13, Rudd said. When the thefts occurred, the residents of the homes were away.

Over $200 in jewelry was taken from each of the homes, Rudd said, but some of the jewelry was recovered.

Also as part of the plea agreement, Hicks and Lohrmann agreed to testify against Lanham when his case comes to trial.

Burglary and grand larceny each carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

A presentence report was ordered on Hicks and Lohrmann, and sentencing hearings for both were set for July 15 at 3 p.m.

(Editor's Note: A mug shot of Lohrmann was not available.)

 
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