November 18, 2019

2 teens plead guilty Ex-high school stars nix trial for burglary

MACHIAS – Two former high school basketball stars pleaded guilty Monday to burglary and theft charges stemming from a March 6 incident at a Princeton home and await sentencing in Washington County Superior Court.

Flanked by their attorneys, Sarah Snider, 18, of Milbridge and Morgan Drew, 18, of Calais told Justice Joseph Jabar that they understood that Class B burglary carries a sentence of up to 10 years and that Class D theft is punishable by up to one year in prison.

“Guilty, your honor,” each said when asked for a plea.

Jabar continued both cases for sentencing pending the completion of a pre-sentencing report.

Assistant District Attorney Paul Cavanaugh told Jabar there was no plea agreement in the case and that his office had just learned Monday morning that Snider wanted to enter a plea.

Monday was the call of the criminal docket for the coming session in Washington County Superior Court, and both Snider and Drew were on the list for trial.

If the burglary case had gone to trial, the state was prepared to prove that both women entered a Princeton home last March and stole property with a total value of $684, Cavanaugh said.

Each assisted with the return of some of the missing items, he said.

The burglary occurred when both were high school seniors. Snider was to be valedictorian of her class at Narraguagus High School in Harrington; Drew attended Calais High School. Narraguagus later announced that no student would serve as valedictorian for the Class of 2002.

Both had been selected to play with the McDonald’s East-West Senior All Stars girls basketball team at the time of their March arrest. They later withdrew.

Both are now freshmen at Husson College in Bangor. But they were suspended from the Braves basketball team after they violated bail conditions.

Their bail conditions included no unsupervised contact with each other, although they were permitted to attend Husson practices, games and team functions.

Cavanaugh said another charge against Snider – illegal importation of scheduled drugs – is expected to be resolved at sentencing. That charge stems from an incident at the New Brunswick border at Calais last February, when Snider allegedly attempted to bring four OxyContin pills into the United States.

Snider and Drew were arrested by Washington County sheriff’s deputies Oct. 27 as they attempted to drive back to Husson together. They remained in the Washington County Jail on bail violation charges. A motion to revoke their bail was denied.

Braves head coach Harold Williams said the women’s arrest on the charges violated Husson’s student code of conduct. The suspensions are indefinite, he said.

Correction: A story Monday about two former high school basketball stars who pleaded guilty to burglary incorrectly identified the Superior Court justice who accepted the pleas. The justice was Andrew Mead.

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