Saying “the amount of havoc, fear and emotional distress caused” to the community by the convict “stands alone” during his time on the bench, the Clinton County Common Pleas judge sentenced a young Xenia man to 10 years imprisonment Friday.
Justin D. Noble, who is 19, was convicted locally of 35 crimes with 39 victims. The offenses included five counts of burglary, one count of breaking-and-entering, four counts of grand theft, six counts of theft, nine counts of petty theft, one count theft of drugs (oxycodone), two counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, six counts of receiving stolen property and one count of failing to comply.
Other charges filed under the indictment were dropped by prosecutors as part of a plea agreement.
“This case involves an unprecedented amount of serious criminal activity for which the court has no template or precedent to rely upon in determining sentence,” Clinton County Common Pleas Judge John W. “Tim” Rudduck stated in the judgment entry.
Rudduck said he “discounts” the statement by Noble that he was “stealing to get by and clothe me and my friends who couldn’t find a job.”
Noble was stealing automobiles, guns and drugs, noted the judge.
“He invaded multiple homes on multiple occasions while citizens were sleeping,” Rudduck added.
The judge wrote, “Even when warning shots were fired into the air by one potential victim, defendant simply went on that same evening to burglarize other homes.”
Noble began using illegal drugs at the age of 16 and was using them daily until he was apprehended, according to the sentencing entry written by the judge.
“He appears not to understand just how serious his criminal activity is considered by this court and this community,” stated Rudduck.
Noble operated a stolen vehicle in a way creating “great risk” to himself, his passengers, law enforcement officers and other motorists, the judge continued.
Although the incidence of property crime is unique during Rudduck’s terms, the judge said he has dealt with other cases where there were higher amounts of financial loss.
Noble has pending felony charges in Logan County, Ohio involving a 14-count indictment, according to court papers.
Early release from prison is not possible under current law until after at least five years of the prison term have been served, Rudduck stated.
The judge did not rule out the possibility of an early judicial release for Noble after those five years, “given defendant’s young age and cooperation,” he wrote.