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Man pleads guilty to robbing South Hills homes and vehicles

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A man who robbed numerous homes and vehicles in South Hills last year pleaded guilty in court Wednesday.

Thomas Burton Lloyd, 24, entered a Kennedy-Frazier plea to a felony charge of burglary and two misdemeanors of breaking and entering a vehicle. Several other charges against him were dismissed in exchange for that plea.

In a Kennedy-Frazier plea, a defendant typically doesn't admit guilt but concedes that the evidence against him is enough to convict.

Assistant Prosecutor Ken Starcher said Lloyd was arrested for the thefts on Longridge Road last February. Since then, he has been arrested for a rash of burglaries in Jackson County and also picked up for battery and malicious wounding in Kanawha County.

He attempted to plead guilty in October, but withdrew his plea when prosecutors didn't agree to combine his sentence with the one in Jackson County. Starcher said he now will recommend that he serve his sentences concurrently, but the judge isn't bound by that.  

He failed to appear for a hearing in December, and was arrested a week later and placed in custody. On Friday, Lloyd was sentenced to ten months in jail for his crimes in Jackson County.

Kanawha Circuit Judge Carrie Webster accepted Lloyd's plea Wednesday. He faces a possible 14 months to 16 years in prison when she sentences him next month.

John Sullivan, his court-appointed defense attorney, however said Lloyd has made application to Kanawha County's drug court program. If accepted, and he completes the program successfully, his charges could be dismissed.

Lloyd was arrested for thefts and several Longridge Road homes, including that of George Warner, father of former United States Attorney Kasey Warner.

Many of the items taken -- GPS, computers and electronics -- were discovered by police in his bedroom where Lloyd had been living with his grandmother, also on Longridge Road. Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at or 304-348-4832.


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