By Jane Beathard firstname.lastname@example.org
May 13, 2014
A Troy man held responsible for a November break-in at Buckeye Ford, 110 U.S. Route 42, near London, will spend 14 months in prison.
Dwayne M. Fisher Jr., 38, pleaded guilty in Madison County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday, May 13 to breaking and entering, safecracking, vandalism and possession of criminal tools in connection with the Nov. 20, 2013 incident. Additional charges were dismissed as part of a plea deal with the county prosecutor’s office.
Judge Eamon Costello also ordered Fisher to make $1,822 in restitution to the dealership’s owners.
Costello delayed the start of Fisher’s prison time until May 27 to allow the man time to participate in an out-of-state family event.
Although Fisher’s offenses are low-level felonies, Costello said the man’s lengthy criminal history made him ineligible for community control.
Assistant county prosecutor Nick Adkins said Fisher apparently disabled an alarm prior to entering the dealership after hours. However, he was unaware of a secondary, silent alarm tied to the sheriff’s office.
Deputies arrived on the scene to find Fisher prying on an office safe. The safe was damaged, but remained intact, Adkins said.
Also on Tuesday, Jaime Hysell, 36, of London, was sentenced to two years of community control for setting a storage shed at her Ansley Court home ablaze in December 2013 in order to collect an insurance payment. Although the shed remained intact, the contents were destroyed.
Hysell pleaded guilty in March to a single count of arson, a fourth-degree felony.
Costello also ordered Hysell to register as an “arson offender” with mandatory reporting requirements.
Defense attorney Jennifer Hitt said Hysell is already undergoing treatment for depression and previously wrote letters of apology to local firemen for endangering their lives.
Hitt said her client’s actions were a desperate financial measure to avert foreclosure on the Ansley Court address.
Costello noted Hysell, who is married to a part-time London firefighter, should have understood the dangerous consequences of her actions.
“I didn’t mean to put anybody at risk,” Hysell said.
In other common pleas court action on Tuesday:
• Lisa K. Sparks, 45, of West Jefferson, was sentenced to nine months in prison for driving drunk on Aug. 25, 2013. Sparks pleaded guilty to felony drunk driving in March — her third OVI conviction in six years.
In addition, Costello fined the woman $2,000 and suspended her driver’s license for three years.
Defense attorney Seth Schertzinger argued for a community control sentence, saying his client attends counseling and is under treatment for substance abuse. He noted Sparks has no other criminal history beyond driving offenses.
But Costello said Sparks’ drinking and drug use consistently put others in danger. He said she was already on probation for drunk-driving when local sheriff’s deputies stopped her vehicle on Taylor-Blair Road in August.
Costello said Schertzinger could apply for Sparks’ early release from prison in 60 days. However, Ohio law requires at least 60 days behind bars.
• Bobbi L. Cordle, 33, of London, was sentenced to 30 days of house arrest and two years of community control for forging a check at Walmart, 375 Lafayette St., London, on Oct. 11, 2013.
Costello also ordered Cordle to pay Walmart $384 in restitution.
Cordle, a former Walmart employee, allegedly participated in a forgery ring that printed checks, then passed them at Kroger, Walmart and the London Food Mart. The ring’s mastermind and printer received a kickback, prosecutors said.
Costello ordered Cordle to have no association with her co-defendants.
• Adam J. Conley, 29, of London, pleaded guilty to forging a check on a city resident on Jan. 7.
Conley faces up to a year in prison and a $2,500 fine for the fifth-degree felony conviction. However, he is likely to receive community control, based on the outcome of a pre-sentence investigation.
Costello set sentencing for July 8.
Jane Beathard can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 16 or via Twitter @JaneBeathard.