Last updated: February 25. 2014 8:56PM - 792 Views
Amber Gillenwater agillenwater@civitasmedia.com

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GALLIPOLIS — Two Gallia County men were recently sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to various charges in the Common Pleas Court of Gallia County.

Timothy Thomas, 28, of Crown City, was sentenced last week to 11 months in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction after his community control was revoked by the court.

Thomas, who previously completed a two-year term of probation after pleading guilty to receiving stolen property in a 2007 case, was indicted in his latest case in December 2010 after he reportedly sold or attempted to sell four hydrocodone tablets on June 11, 2010.

After being arrested on a warrant one year after his indictment was filed in December 2011, Thomas pleaded not guilty to the charge of trafficking drugs.

He was later released on an own recognizance bond and, after negotiating a plea agreement, was once again sentenced, in April 2012, to 24 months of community control.

Violations were filed in this case in January 2013 after the defendant failed to make all of his office visits and failed to attend his counseling sessions at FACTS, among other violations.

On April 1, 2013, the defendant’s community control was extended an additional two years as he had “technically violated certain terms of community control but has somewhat complied, however late,” according to court documents.

A warrant was later issued for Thomas’ arrest in October after he allegedly absconded supervision.

A second set of violations were filed following the defendant’s arrest on Dec. 31. They allege the defendant had contact with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office on June 18, 2013, and did not report this to his probation officer, among other violations.

During his hearing last week, in addition to his prison sentence, Thomas was given credit for 20 days served and ordered to pay the costs of prosecution.

Michael S. Baird, 34, of Gallipolis, was recently sentenced in the common pleas court to 11 months is prison after pleading guilty to two counts of breaking and entering in two separate felony cases.

Baird was indicted in his first common pleas case after he allegedly broke into Spring Valley Brake and Tire, located at 30 Sycamore St. in Gallipolis on Sept. 9, 2013.

He was arraigned in this case in September and pleaded not guilty.

In his second case, an indictment was filed on Dec. 5 after he allegedly trespassed in a garage located at a residence on Ohio 7 South on Aug. 22, 2013.

He was arraigned in this case on Dec. 9 and also pleaded not guilty to the charge.

After negotiating plea agreements in both of his cases, Baird pleaded guilty to breaking and entering in both of his common pleas cases during a recent hearing. He was ordered to serve 11 months in each case, sentences ordered to be served concurrently.

The defendant was further given credit for 155 days served and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $495 to Spring Valley Break and Tire, and $73 to the victim in his first case.

He was further ordered to have no contact with the victims of the break-ins and was ordered to pay the cost of prosecution.

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