A Frankfort man was arraigned on one third-degree felony count of burglary and one fifth-degree felony count of possession of criminal tools Tuesday morning in Madison County Common Pleas Court.
Justin Taylor, 32, is accused of breaking into a Mount Sterling home via a rear bedroom window and stealing jewelry and rolls of change. The burglary occurred in January, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Nick Adkins said.
Taylor allegedly cut himself on the window of the home, Adkins said. Blood found in the residence matched Taylor’s DNA, he said.
Taylor has multiple prior convictions in Franklin and Pickaway counties including possession of drugs and theft. There is also an active warrant for his arrest in Franklin County for a theft charge, Adkins said.
Taylor’s bond was set at $5,000. He is due back in court for his informal pretrial hearing on Dec. 22.
Also in court Tuesday:
• Jennette Cox, 27, of London, was arraigned on one fourth-degree felony count of failing to appear for a formal pretrial hearing in September 2014. Cox is also charged with one count of fifth-degree felony theft. Her bond was set at $5,000. She is due back in court for an informal pretrial hearing on Dec. 22.
• Ashley Riley, 25, of Columbus, was arraigned on one fourth-degree felony count of theft. She was released on recognizance bond. She is due back in court for her informal pretrial hearing on Dec. 22.
• Scott Williams, 52, of Columbus, was arraigned on one fifth-degree felony count of theft and one fifth-degree felony count of forgery. Williams also has active warrants for his arrest in Kentucky and Michigan. His informal pretrial hearing is slated for Dec. 22.
• Scott Steinmetz, 54, of Columbus, was sentenced to two years in prison and taxed the cost of prosecution for a third-degree felony burglary charge.
• Timothy Witbeck, 37, of South Solon, was sentenced to nine months in prison, taxed the cost of prosecution and his license was suspended for one year for a fifth-degree felony count of possession of drugs for heroin. The use of drugs also violated the terms of Witbeck’s probation for a prior possession conviction.
• Matthew Miller, 43, of London, was sentenced to three years of probation, including up to six months served in a community-based corrections facility for treatment, for a fifth-degree felony possession of drugs charge. Miller was also taxed the cost of prosecution and his license was suspended for six months.
• Nichole Kuhns, 22, of Marysville, pleaded guilty to two counts of fourth-degree felony theft of drugs. A third count of the same charge was dropped in the plea agreement. Kuhns will be sentenced on Jan. 8.
Reach Audrey Ingram can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615 or via Twitter @Audrey.MP.
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