Suspects accused of burglarizing home during funeral appear in court

Posted Jan. 26, 2012, at 4:13 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 26, 2012, at 5:33 p.m.

HOULTON, Maine — Three of four individuals accused of burglarizing a Linneus home while the owners were at a funeral remain free on bail as they await a March court hearing on the case.

Amanda Berry, 26, of Weston, Cheryl Sawyer, 32, of Linneus and Halston Wiley II, 30, of Houlton appeared in Aroostook County Superior Court before Justice E. Allen Hunter late last week. The state is seeking to merge the cases.

The fourth individual charged in the October 2011 incident, 33-year-old Philip Buzzeo of Houlton, remains in Aroostook County Jail in Houlton.

Attorneys for all parties agreed to scheduling of a status conference in March, but the cases could go to the grand jury before then.

The burglary occurred on Oct. 3 while the family of local businessman Darrell McGuire attended his funeral. Wiley is related to members of the McGuire family.

The burglars took jewelry, guns, prescription medications and other small items, according to police. The suspects were captured a few days later.

Berry was charged with burglary, theft, violation of conditions of release and possession of drugs. Wiley was charged with burglary and theft. Sawyer and Buzzeo were charged with receiving stolen property and burglary.

When a frail Wiley appeared in court, his attorney told Hunter that he is “gravely ill.” The attorney said Wiley had just been released from Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor after having heart surgery and needs additional surgery in the future.

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