GALLIPOLIS — Two men were recently sentenced to the custody of the Ohio Department of Correction and Rehabilitation after being convicted of their respective and separate crimes.
Ryan Cochran, 26, of Bidwell, was sentenced to five years in a state facility Wednesday by Gallia County Judge of Common Pleas Court Margaret Evans after he pleaded guilty to the crimes of safe cracking, a fourth-degree felony, tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, possessing a weapon on disability, a third-degree felony, and receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony.
The Gallia County Sheriff’s Office previously received a report of a breaking and entering in the morning hours on a March date on Ohio 141 in the Patriot area. Witnesses gave officers a description of a vehicle that was seen leaving the residence, which had been burglarized.
“Our deputies saturated the area in an effort to locate the vehicle and sure enough, they spotted it,” said Gallia Sheriff Matt Champlin previously in the year. Champlin reported that the suspects attempted to elude deputies but were apprehended after a high speed pursuit.
Cochran was among those arrested but not the driver of the vehicle.
Anthony Moore, 40, of Columbus, in a separate and unrelated incident, pleaded guilty to the fourth-degree felony of receiving stolen property in regards to having a 2004 Kawasaki ATV.
According to Gallia Prosecutor Jason Holdren, Moore was given a length of time before being expected to show for sentencing. He had previously pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property in the form of the 2004 Kawasaki ATV. The sheriff and prosecutor then issued a joint social media press release asking the public for assistance.
“Within 24 hours, he was apprehended,” said Holdren. “We then indicted him for failure to appear. On the felony four (receiving stolen property), he got the maximum of 18 months that he originally pleaded to and then got 12 more months today for his failure to appear. So, he’s going to prison for two and a half years. Had he just shown up for his sentencing, his total exposure would have been one and a half years.”
“You’ll notice on our most recent indictment list this last month, we do take it very seriously when the judge gives someone an own recognizance bond,” said Holdren. “We take it very seriously when they do not show up for that. We are regularly indicting people for not showing up to court. There is a serious penalty associated with that. Mr. Moore’s case is a prime example of a zero tolerance policy that my office is taking as it relates to people not showing up to court.”
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.