Former York High hoops star guilty of stealing chief's body armor

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A former York High basketball standout has admitted to committing a number of burglaries and thefts — including stealing a York County police chief's body armor and gun.

Jahaire Dionicio Wilson, 20, of Madison Avenue, was among a group of people who police said stole items from parked vehicles and committed burglaries over a period of months last year.

In this file photo, York High's Jahaire Wilson handles the ball during a District 3-AAAA boys' basketball first-round game in 2014.

Wilson pleaded guilty in York County Court on Wednesday, Oct. 25, to the highest charge in each of five criminal cases against him. In all, he pleaded guilty to burglary, two counts of conspiracy to commit burglary and two counts of theft.

All the charges are felonies.

Wilson's negotiated plea agreement calls for him to be sentenced to 11½ to 23 months in York County Prison and three years' probation, defense attorney Rick Robinson confirmed.

Sentencing is set for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 22 before Common Pleas Judge Harry M. Ness.

Robinson said he'll be able to comment after Wilson's sentencing hearing.

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Stole from chief: In November, Northern York County Regional Police filed charges against Wilson for stealing body armor and a firearm during a burglary on property owned by Southern Regional Police Chief James Boddington.

The chief's armor was found in Wilson's bedroom during a police search, according to police, but the gun wasn't there.

Northern Regional Police and West York Police also filed charges against Wilson including burglary and numerous counts of thefts from parked vehicles.

Police have said they tied Wilson and his co-defendants to the crimes because the men left their fingerprints at the scene of at least one of the crimes.

Jahaire Wilson

Standout player: Wilson was a standout basketball player for York High.

As a senior in the 2014-15 season, the 6-foot-4 Wilson was named third-team all-state in Class 4-A. He averaged 18 points, 11.6 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game that year, helping the Bearcats to a 26-5 season that included York-Adams Division I, York-Adams League Tournament and District 3 Class 4-A titles.

He scored more than 1,000 points in his York High career.

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