Sentenced to 30 months in prison on burglary charge

Last updated: March 04. 2014 5:46PM - 431 Views
By Amber Gillenwater agillenwater@civitasmedia.com

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GALLIPOLIS — A Gallia County man who pleaded guilty to burglary in 2012 recently had his community control revoked in Gallia County Common Pleas Court.

Bobby Joe E. Gambill, 24, of Vinton, was sentenced late last week to 30 months in prison in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction after he was found guilty of violations of his probation.

Gambill was arrested after being identified as a suspect in a Sept. 25, 2011, burglary at a home on Prospect Church Road in Bidwell.

According to the police report, the victims reported that their home had been burglarized and several items were removed from the home, including a flat screen television, a 22-caliber long rifle and other electronic items while they were at church.

They further reported that the suspect had been inside their home visiting their family in the days just prior to the burglary.

An indictment was filed on Nov. 18, 2011, and following his initial arraignment, Gambill subsequently pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony charge of burglary in March 2012 after negotiating a plea agreement.

He was later sentenced to 24 months of community control and ordered to complete the Southeastern Probation Treatment Alternative program. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,467.

The defendant was reportedly arrested by deputies with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 18, 2013, for possession of criminal tools.

Following his arrest, alleged community control violations were filed Sept. 20, 2013, due to his law enforcement contact, and also as the defendant had allegedly admitted to a jailer that he would test positive for opiates (Opana) if a urine sample was taken following his arrest.

A final hearing scheduled for Dec. 17 was later continued as the defendant reportedly was enrolled in a rehabilitation program in Columbus through The Salvation Army.

After being released from that program, the defendant appeared for a status conference in January and ordered to appear for a final hearing in this case last week.

During Thursday’s hearing, the defendant’s community control was revoked and he was sentenced to two and a half years in prison and was ordered to pay the costs of prosecution. He was given credit for 166 days already served as of Feb. 27.

Gambill was remanded to the custody of the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, where he will later be transported to a state prison.

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