By Jane Beathard firstname.lastname@example.org
June 26, 2014
A London man limped into Madison County Common Pleas Court on Thursday to plead guilty to burglarizing a city home in December.
Ryan A. Poole, 20, was on crutches as he admitted breaking into a Richmond Avenue residence on Dec. 5 while the owner was out of town for the winter. Poole was indicted by the local grand jury on April 9, after DNA evidence linked him to the crime.
But before Poole could be located and arrested, he was shot by a southwest Columbus homeowner during an alleged home invasion burglary on the early morning of April 18. The man awoke to find Poole in his kitchen. He opened fire, hitting Poole in the leg and stomach.
Poole was treated and released at a local hospital, then moved to Tri-County Regional Jail on June 3.
Judge Eamon Costello noted on Thursday that Poole is facing four additional burglary charges and refused to reduce the man’s $500,000 bond.
Defense attorney Fred Ballam requested the reduction so Poole could undergo physical rehabilitation for his leg wound.
Costello noted the injury resulted from alleged criminal activity and Poole poses a threat to society, if released.
Poole now faces up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine for the third-degree felony conviction. He is also eligible for community control. However, that sentence is unlikely.
Costello ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for Aug. 22.
Poole was initially charged with a more serious burglary offense, involving the presence of someone in the Richmond Avenue home. However, assistant county prosecutor Nick Adkins reduced that count since in the house was unoccupied and subject only to random checks by a neighbor.
In other common pleas court action on Thursday:
• Craig M. Powers, 39, of London, was sentenced to six months in prison for delivering heroin to a local user on Sept. 13, 2013.
Powers pleaded guilty in April to a single count of drug trafficking.
Defense attorney Dustin Blake requested a community control sentence, noting Powers has a limited criminal history and is currently taking online college courses.
Blake said his client needs treatment for an ongoing drug problem.
But Costello said Powers’ few misdemeanor convictions disqualify him for treatment at West Central Community Correctional Facility in Marysville and the county has few other resources for dealing with addiction problems.
Powers told Costello his family is willing to pay for treatment at a private facility. But Costello appeared to doubt Powers’ sincerity once the man admitted to recent heroin use. The judge said private treatment should have come sooner.
Costello agreed to consider Powers’ early transfer from prison to the Marysville facility, pending a paperwork filing by Blake.
• Roger A. Lowe, 59, of West Jefferson, was sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to a single count of domestic violence, stemming from a Feb. 12 incident in the village.
Lowe’s guilty plea avoided a trial that was scheduled for Thursday.
• Joshua A. Davis, 32, of London, was sentenced to eight months in prison for forging checks on several businesses in October 2013. Davis, who has a lengthy criminal history, pleaded guilty in April to the charges.
Costello also ordered Davis to pay $394 in restitution to Kroger, $600 to Tony Gill and $367 to Citizens National Bank.
• Brian N. Mossbarger, 24, of Mount Sterling, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted felonious assault, stemming from a March 8 fight at the Crown Sports Lounge in London.
Mossbarger was initially charged with felonious assault.
He now faces up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine for the third-degree felony conviction.
Mossbarger is also eligible for community control, pending the outcome of a pre-sentence investigation. Sentencing was set for Aug. 22.
• Costello issued an arrest warrant for Carrie Rayburn, 30, of London, after the woman failed to appear at Thursday’s plea hearing.
He also granted Blake’s request to resign as Rayburn’s defense attorney. Blake said the woman was uncooperative in defending a charge of credit card theft.
• Christa M. Towe, 35, of London, entered a conditional guilty plea to possessing heroin on Aug. 13, 2013.
Costello ordered a legal assessment to determine Towe’s eligibility for drug treatment at West Central Community Correctional Facility. Towe is clinically eligible, Costello noted.
Sentencing was set for Aug. 22.
Jane Beathard can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 1616 or via Twitter @JaneBeathard.