Pair sentenced for burglary at Mildenhall
August 28, 2008
RAF MILDENHALL, England — An Air Force spouse and a British base employee were sentenced Friday for their roles in a burglary earlier this year.
Amy Maruna, 45, and Darren Hart, 37, pleaded guilty earlier this summer to stealing antique coins and a triple-barrel shotgun from David Toms before being sentenced last week at Ipswich Crown Court. Maruna was a parish coordinator at the Mildenhall chapel until earlier this year, while Hart teaches martial arts at Lakenheath.
Maruna was sentenced to eight months, which will be suspended for 21 months as long as no other offenses are committed in that time. She will also have to serve 200 hours of community service and pay court costs.
Hart was sentenced to 10 months in prison but his sentence will also be suspended for 21 months. He will have to serve 240 hours of community service and also pay court costs.
The judge cited the defendants’ lack of burglary convictions when handing down the sentences.
Both Hart and Maruna will also be subject to curfews through January.
The defendants could have faced a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison, Peter Gair of the Crown Prosecution Service said last week.
According to prosecutors, Maruna befriended the victim and lured him out of his house on the night of Feb. 22. Hart then broke into his home and stole the valuables, which were later recovered, Gair said.
The sentencing judge, Neil McKittrick, said Friday that the scheme was "carefully planned" for weeks.
The victim said the coin collection and shotgun were each worth about 25,000 pounds, but the value of the shotgun may be less than that, according to prosecutors.
"It’s what you Americans would call a ‘honey-trap’ case," Gair said of the burglary.
McKittrick said Maruna is in the midst of divorce proceedings.