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Surry man pleads guilty on burglary, drug charges

Posted March 18, 2011, at 12:24 p.m.
Last modified March 18, 2011, at 3:50 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine —  A Surry man has been sentenced to serve 30 days in jail after pleading guilty last week to multiple criminal charges.

Ricky J. Tyrala, 20, was charged with burglary, theft, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, unlawful trafficking in drugs, unlawful possession of drugs, and two counts of violating conditions of release, according to documents on file in Hancock County Superior Court.

On March 11, Tyrala pleaded guilty to burglary, theft, criminal trespass, unlawful possession of drugs, and both counts of violating conditions of release. As part of a plea agreement, the criminal mischief and unlawful trafficking charges were dismissed.

Tyrala received a sentence of 18 months in jail for the burglary conviction, with all but 30 days suspended. Concurrent with the burglary sentence are 30-day sentences for the theft, criminal trespass and unlawful possession of drugs convictions. He was sentenced to 24 hours in jail on each of the violating conditions of release charges and was given credit for time served, court documents indicate.

The burglary, theft and criminal trespass charges stem from separate incidents on Oct. 18, 2009, in Mariaville, in which Tyrala was accused of burglarizing one home and of trying to break into another. Tyrala was accused of stealing a DVD player, an ax, hip wader boots and a contractor’s drop light from one of the homes, according to court documents. He was ordered to pay $93 restitution in connection with the Mariaville charges.

The misdemeanor drug possession charge dates to Feb. 9, 2010, when police found Tyrala in unlawful possession of the muscle relaxant Flexeril, according to court documents. He also was ordered to pay a $750 fine for the drug possession conviction.

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