Rising Sun-area man facing 40 years in crime spree cases
— A Rising Sun man will receive 40 years in sentences after accepting a binding plea deal in which he admitted to committing three armed robberies and 39 burglaries and thefts in Cecil County, according to
The defendant, Christopher James Lewis, 27, pleaded guilty to three counts of armed robbery, 22 counts of third-degree burglary, five counts of theft of more than $1,000 and less than $10,000, seven counts of theft of less than $1,000, three counts of theft of less than $100, one count of robbery and one count of second-degree burglary during a recent hearing, court records show.
Cecil County Circuit Court Judge William W. Davis Jr. accepted Lewis’ guilty pleas, which were the result of a “global plea agreement” reached by Deputy State’s Attorney Steven L. Trostle and Lewis’ assistant public defender, Thomas Klenk. A global plea agreement encompasses multiple criminal cases.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 5.
During a spree earlier this year, Lewis committed the burglaries at homes and properties in Rising Sun, Conowingo, Colora and the surrounding area.
The plea agreement also relates to a string of armed robberies that Lewis committed, the first occurring about 8:15 p.m. May 6 when he brandished a handgun and robbed the High’s Dairy Store in the 5600 block of Telegraph Road, near the Blue Ball Road intersection, north of Elkton.
The second one occurred at about 9:45 a.m. May 13 at the Dollar General in Conowingo, where, once again, Lewis displayed a handgun, demanded money and then fled after the cashier relinquished an undisclosed sum of money.
Then about 9 p.m. May 14, Lewis robbed the Pantry One in the 1800 block of Conowingo Road near Rising Sun.
Lewis’ crime spree in Cecil County reportedly crossed into Lancaster County, Pa., where he stands accused of stealing more than $17,000 in property from March 21 to May 20. He allegedly burglarized 13 homes there during that period, in addition to robbing the Little Britain Store in Little Britain Township at gunpoint on May 17, according to police.
Rising Sun-area resident Christopher J. Lewis appears here in a surveillance photo relating to the May 22 armed robbery at the Fair Hill Citgo, north of Elkton.