GALLIPOLIS – A Gallia County man was sentenced Thursday to nearly a year in prison for his involvement in a breaking-and-entering incident earlier this year.
Sean Beard, age and address unreported, was sentenced to 11 months in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction for violating his parole in connection with his role in breaking into Marchi’s Carryout, 243 3rd Ave, Gallipolis, on June 12, 2014.
The store had been breached by someone who entered through a rear garage door, according to Gallia County Prosecutor Jeff Adkins.
“Employees then discovered that a money bag and cases of drinks were missing from inside the store,” he said. “The Gallipolis Police Department conducted an investigation into the matter, which led them to (Beard). Multiple lineups were administered by witnesses who saw suspicious activity that evening. Upon questioning by the police detective, (Beard) admitted to entering the establishment through a rear door and stealing multiple items while inside.”
Beard was then indicted by the Gallia County Grand Jury in September 2014 for one count of fifth-degree felony breaking and entering.
According to Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Britt T. Wiseman, Ohio law stipulates that a first violation of fifth-degree felony requires the offender be placed under adult community control for two years. During that time, those serving community control are to “refrain from any further violations of the law or they face the imposition of prison time,” he said.
On July 18, 2015, Beard was arrested for OVI – or operating a vehicle while intoxicated – by the Ohio State Highway patrol only one month into his probationary period, according to Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Eric Mulford.
“As a result of the OVI, (Beard’s) community control was subsequently revoked and he was ordered to begin serving an 11-month term of imprisonment for the underlying breaking and entering.” Mulford said.
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