GALLIPOLIS — A Bidwell man who violated his probation multiple times within the last 18 months has been sent to prison by a Gallia County judge.
Zachary K. Cox, 24, of Bidwell, was sentenced Friday by Gallia County Common Pleas Court Judge D. Dean Evans to three years and five months in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
“(Cox) faced three sets of probation violations for past felonies he committed in 2014. This defendant committed multiple felonies in 2014, all of which surrounded theft and receiving stolen property from various individuals across the county,” Gallia County Prosecutor Jeff Adkins said.
As a global settlement of all of those 2014 cases, Cox pleaded guilty to one count theft and four separate counts of receiving stolen property in three separate bases.
“As a result, (Cox) was placed on probation with the common pleas court and given the opportunity to seek drug rehabilitation which, it was determined, was fueling the crime sprees,” Adkins said.
But Cox was arrested May 24 and charged with possessing a drug abuse instrument and a probation violation when Gallia County sheriff’s deputies stopped him for a registration violation on his pickup truck, which also carried a 1998 Yamaha motorcycle in the back that was later discovered to be stolen. Deputies also found “drug abuse instruments” inside Cox’s truck at the time of the arrest.
“Regretfully, Cox was caught stealing a motor vehicle from an outbuilding while the victims were at church,” Assistant Prosecutor Britt Wiseman said. “When officers located the stolen vehicle, it had been spray painted in an attempt to conceal its identity. Witness statements revealed that the stolen vehicle was worth approximately $10,000 and the Defendant attempted to sell it for $500.”
“As a global settlement of the three sets of pending probation violations, as well as the new felony, (Cox) entered into a plea agreement wherein he admitted to all of the pending violations and pleaded guilty to theft of a motor vehicle from May 2015,” Assistant Prosecutor Eric Mulford said. “The agreement provided that Cox shall be sentenced to two years incarceration for theft of a motor vehicle and for 17 months for the community control violations for a total term of imprisonment of three years and five months.”
At the time of his May 24 arrest, Cox has been on probation for various theft and drug-related offenses. According to court records and previously published stories in the Gallipolis Daily Tribune, Cox was indicted in January 2014 in Gallia County Common Pleas Court and charged with one count of theft and one count of receiving stolen property after he stole a 2006 flatbed trailer and a 1999 trailer. He was subsequently released on an own-recognizance bond.
While out on bond in that case, Cox was charged with an additional felony count of receiving stolen property after he was identified as a suspect who, on April 9, 2014, had cashed a stolen check at Ohio Valley Bank in the amount of $250.
Cox was also charged with several misdemeanor offenses by the Gallipolis Police Department after he was arrested in three separate incidents for alleged shoplifting at Aaron’s Rental, Rent-2-Own store and Tractor Supply — all in Gallipolis.
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