The man believed to have broken into a Greene County pawn shop by cutting a hole in the wall from an empty business next door was sentenced Monday to 9 years in prison for the burglary and his assault of a witness.
Carl Joseph Cutro, 26, was sentenced to seven years for the burglary and two years for the assault in federal court in Charlottesville.
Cutro told guards that he belonged in the section where the witness was being held, then waited there for the witness to return, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Ron Huber. The witness ended up needing staples in his scalp, with bruises and hurt ribs, he said.
According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office, Cutro had learned that the witness had informed authorities that Cutro had tried to sell firearms to a member of a drug ring.
Defense attorney Michael Hemenway said the attack was out of character for Cutro and said Cutro blamed the victim for getting him involved in the situation that led to his arrest.
Huber said Cutro had been using marijuana since he was 11, cocaine since he was 23 and heroin since he was 24.
Cutro took more than $30,000 in jewelry from the shop, along with handguns and cash, Huber said. He later tried to trade the guns for heroin, according to the prosecutor’s office.
Cutro had previously pleaded guilty to the crimes. Huber said that he got a relatively short sentence for the reprisal attack because, as a result of the attack, his sentence for the burglary increased dramatically.
Cutro apologized for his actions before being sentenced.
“I’m sorry you’ve gotten yourself into the situation,” said judge Norman K. Moon. “It was bad enough, and then you made it more serious.”