Christiansburg pair guilty in burglary spree
The 2011 break-ins were on Red Hawk Run, Surface Road and North Fork Road, and at businesses.
Andrew Miles Hamilton
Tammy Lee Williams
Monday, March 11, 2013
A Christiansburg woman and man have been convicted in a string of October 2011 burglaries.
Tammy Lee Williams, 40, received three years in prison Monday for five counts of breaking and entering and five counts of grand larceny. Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Bobby Turk said that if Williams complies with a drug treatment program, she will be released in two years.
Andrew Miles Hamilton, 26, had already received three years for the same charges and for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. He will be placed on 10 years of supervised probation upon release, according to online court records.
Police in October 2011 linked Williams and Hamilton to residential burglaries in the county on Red Hawk Run, Surface Road and North Fork Road, and to burglaries at numerous businesses, including Tobacco Inn, Plum Creek Restaurant, Sandstone Market and Crockett Home Improvement.
Police have said that officers served a warrant at the Christiansburg home where Hamilton and Williams were living and found numerous items reported stolen, including four flat screen televisions, three guns and a laptop.
On Monday, Williams testified that she and Hamilton, who were dating at the time, were using drugs. They needed the money in order to support their addiction, she said.
“I didn’t enjoy it at all,” Williams said. “I did what [Hamilton] told me to do.”
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Andrew Stephens said Williams fled to Florida while out on bond so that she would not have to testify against Hamilton, showing “a greater acknowledgement of culpability.”
But Williams’ lawyer, Dennis Nagel, said Williams was afraid of Hamilton and had left the area because he was threatening her and her family.
“What she initially thought was a positive relationship took a darker turn,” Nagel said. “She knows she’s going to suffer consequences for her actions.”
Turk also sentenced Williams to five years of supervised probation upon release.
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