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Repeat offender draws 30-year sentence for a slew of burglaries

DADE CITY — "Ice Man" is going away for a good long while.

Christopher Todd McCormick, 40, of New Port Richey was sentenced Wednesday morning by Circuit Judge Pat Siracusa to 30 years in prison for a slew of home burglaries committed earlier this year on Pasco County's east side.

The sentence came two days after Circuit Judge Jack Day in New Port Richey gave McCormick more than 23 years for burglaries committed on the west side. The two sentences will run together.

McCormick, who has a tattoo on his left arm saying ICE and a tattoo on his right arm saying MAN, was sentenced in both instances as a so-called prison release re-offender, or "PRR," which is courts code for: We've seen this guy too many times, and we're tired of it. The label is typically a precursor to a stiff sentence. The law doesn't like people who prove to be incorrigible.

"He'll have to serve every day of those 30 years," prosecutor Mike Mervine said Wednesday.

McCormick stole a lot of stuff.

Jewelry.

Guns.

Tools.

Electronics.

A generator.

He has a hefty criminal history.

McCormick was sentenced to prison in 1987 for aggravated assault. He went back in 1990 for battery on a law enforcement officer. In 1995, it was for grand theft, trafficking in stolen property and sexual battery on a teenager. He went for burglary in 2001.

His rap sheet is wordy: burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, burglary of an occupied dwelling, armed burglary, credit card fraud, grand theft, dealing in stolen property, defrauding a pawn broker, failing to register as a sex offender.

When he was arrested for this latest crime wave, in February, he told deputies that he had broken into as many as 70 homes across the county, although he couldn't be sure, he said. He was too high to remember.

Michael Kruse can be reached at mkruse@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6244.

Repeat offender draws 30-year sentence for a slew of burglaries 10/01/08 [Last modified: Friday, October 3, 2008 7:22pm]
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