By Jane Beathard firstname.lastname@example.org
February 7, 2014
The man believed to be a participant in a widespread burglary ring that operated in several central Ohio counties has been sentenced to three years in prison for a 2011 local break-in.
Moses J. Ratliff, 40, pleaded guilty in January to a 2011 Grewell Road theft.
At a sentencing hearing on Thursday, Feb. 6, visiting Common Pleas Judge Robert D. Nichols ordered Ratliff’s sentence to run concurrent with 10 years the man is already serving in Tennessee. If Ratliff is paroled in Tennessee in coming months, he will be returned to Ohio to serve out the three years, Nichols said.
Nichols also ordered Ratliff to pay $50,041 in restitution to his victims.
Legg, 40, the alleged master-mind and “fence” of the burglary ring, is currently serving 4.5 years for breaking and entering and operating a criminal enterprise. He is due for release in March 2018.
Ratliff’s brother, Shawn Ratliff, 38, is serving five years for burglary and operating a criminal enterprise. He is due for release in August 2016.
Also on Thursday, Nichols ordered Trevor Fillinger, 21, of Plain City, to serve three years of community control with house arrest and electronic monitoring for soliciting sex from an underage village girl via text messages last year. The girl’s mother intercepted the messages and notified police. The two never met.
It was a less-than-satisfactory resolution to a case that’s dragged on for 10 months as defense attorney Mike Murray struggled to avoid prison for his mentally impaired client. Fillinger has served 282 days in Tri-County Regional Jail as Murray, court staff and mental health experts evaluated options for treatment while maintaining public safety.
Alvis House, a Columbus treatment facility for sex offenders found mentally impaired, turned down Fillinger’s admission. A similar program in Cincinnati followed suit.
Differences also arose over the length of any prison time Fillinger would serve if terms of his community control are violated. A court reporter’s notes showed Nichols voiced a 12-month sentence, while the judge’s written entry showed 18 months.
In other common pleas court action on Thursday:
• Brian L. Brown, 22, of Grove City, pleaded guilty to two counts of grand theft, stemming from a theft of all-terrain vehicles last fall. A third count of breaking and entering was dismissed by the prosecutor.
Madison County Common Pleas Judge Eamon Costello ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for April 24.
Brown faces up to 36 months in prison and a $10,000 fine for the fourth-degree felony convictions. However, he is likely to be placed on community control under Ohio’s current sentencing guidelines.
• Costello ordered Andrew Shaw, 36, of London, held in jail on a $10,000 cash or surety bond. Shaw pleaded guilty on Jan. 7 to vandalizing The Gin Mill last fall and was released on a signature bond. He was re-arrested Jan. 19 on misdemeanor charges, including possession of drug paraphernalia and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
If Shaw posts the bond, he is subject to house arrest with electronic monitoring.
Jane Beathard can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 16 or via Twitter @JaneBeathard.