GALLIPOLIS — A prison sentence was recently handed down in the Gallia County Common Pleas Court to a Point Pleasant man charged with breaking and entering.
Michael R. Richmond, 26, was sentenced this past week to eight months of imprisonment in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction after he pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree felony charge of breaking and entering.
According to the indictment in this case, Richmond broke into a garage located on Lariat Drive in the spring valley area near Gallipolis on Sept. 23, 2013, with the intent to commit a theft offense.
An indictment in this case was filed on Oct. 11, 2013, and the defendant subsequently pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Richmond was later released on bond, and subsequently failed to appear for a status hearing in December.
After the defendant was arrested on a warrant in February for failing to appear, a new jury trial date in this case was set for April 7. Prior to the trial date, a proposed guilty plea was filed in this case late last month, and, during a hearing on April 7, the defendant pleaded guilty to breaking and entering.
During last week’s sentencing hearing, in addition to his prison sentence, Richmond was ordered to have no contact with the person or property of the victim in this case. He was given credit for a total of 96 days of jail time served, along with future custody days awaiting transportation. The defendant was further ordered to pay the costs of prosecution.
Gallia County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Adkins represented the State of Ohio in this case, and, following the sentencing hearing, Adkins reported that in addition to his eight month term of imprisonment, Richmond has already paid restitution to the victim in this case.
“We are very pleased that the defendant was sentenced to approximately 70 percent of the maximum available prison term for this offense. We were only willing to consider making a recommendation for less than the maximum prison term because the defendant paid restitution prior to sentencing,” Adkins said. “This case was solved thanks to the hard work of a Gallia County Sheriff’s deputy, working in conjunction with the victim, and the cooperation of neighbors and L&L Scrap Metal.”