GALLIPOLIS — A Vinton man charged with receiving several stolen guns, safecracking and burglarizing a Gallia County residence in 2009, was recently sentenced to prison after he was found guilty of violating the terms of his probation.
Richard J. Kiser, 34, was sentenced last week to four years of imprisonment in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections after his community control was revoked.
Kiser was arrested on March 12, 2009, by Gallia County sheriff’s deputies after his vehicle, loaded with stolen property, was stopped.
According to the complaint filed with the Gallipolis Municipal Court, on March 12, 2009, the sheriff’s office was given information on a known location where the defendant was alleged to be disposing of stolen property.
The defendant later arrived at this location and removed guns from one vehicle and placed them in another. The suspect’s vehicle was later stopped and Kiser reportedly admitted to breaking into a residence and stealing the items that were found in the vehicle — items that were subsequently recovered by deputies.
A case against Kiser was later bound over to the common pleas court where it was heard by a grand jury.
An indictment filed on April 17, 2009, alleges that the defendant burglarized a Gallia County residence on March 12, 2009, and was in the possession of a Remington 12 gauge shotgun, a Remington 16 gauge shotgun and a Marlin 22 caliber single shot, bold action rifle — property stolen from the residence burglarized earlier that day.
In addition, the indictment specifies a safecracking charge in which Kiser was alleged to have tampered with a vault, safe or strongbox with purpose to commit a theft on December 31, 2008.
Following an arraignment hearing on April 23, 2009, Kiser was released on his own recognizance.
A warrant was later issued after the defendant failed to appear for a status conference on June 11, 2009.
A hearing held the next year on November 30, 2010, revokes the bond of the defendant who was arrested just prior to the hearing for failing to appear. His bond was then set at $45,000, 10 percent.
During a plea hearing on January 24, 2011, Kiser pleaded guilty to a third-degree-felony burglary charge and the fourth-degree-felony safecracking charge.
Upon a motion of the defense, Kiser’s bond was then reduced to an own recognizance bond and he was later released from the Gallia County Jail.
A judgement entry filed on March 29, 2011, orders Kiser to report for two years of probation, to successfully complete the SEPTA program, and pay restitution in the amount of $750 and $1,685 to the two victims in this case.
Among the probation violations filed on August 21, 2012, were those that alleging that Kiser had not made any payments toward his restitution, had tested positive for THC and opiates during a urine test on August 20 and that he had not worked toward completing his GED.
Kiser later pleaded not guilty to the violations and posted a $5,000, 10 percent bond for his release from the jail on September 6.
A final hearing in this case was continued to January 8, 2013, and, during last week’s hearing, Kiser’s community control was revoked by the court.
According to the journal entry recently filed with the clerk of courts, Kiser was notified during his original sentencing hearing that any violation of his community control would result in prison time.
Kiser was then sentenced to four years in a state prison for the original charge of burglary and 17 months of incarceration for the safecracking charge.
These sentences were ordered to be served concurrently for a total of four years.
In addition, Kiser was given credit for 277 days served and was ordered to pay the cost of prosecution.