Kauffer already serving five years for a separate offense

Last updated: March 27. 2014 10:44AM - 705 Views
By Jane Beathard jbeathard@civitasmedia.com

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A Columbus man convicted of breaking into several Madison County businesses in February 2013 was sentenced on Tuesday, March 25, to nine months in prison.

James R. Kauffer, 34, is already serving five years for robbery in Franklin County.

Visiting Common Pleas Judge Steven P. Beathard added the nine months to Kauffer’s current prison time.

Kauffer and Darrell Seagle, 25, were indicted a year ago on multiple counts of theft and breaking and entering. Seagle pleaded guilty and was sentenced in November to two years of community control and ordered to undergo drug treatment.

Kauffer pleaded guilty in January to five counts of theft.

In addition to the prison time, Beathard ordered Kauffer and Seagle to make $17,056 in restitution to two of their victims.

Prior to Tuesday’s sentencing, Kauffer apologized for his actions and said they resulted from a drug addiction. He told Beathard that he is currently undergoing substance abuse treatment in prison.

In other common pleas court action on Tuesday:

• Shannon J. Miller, 36, of Columbus, was sentenced to two years of community control and ordered to undergo drug treatment for possessing heroin during a May 2013 traffic stop in West Jefferson.

Miller insisted he was heroin free, but tested positive of Oxycontin and Vicodin prior to sentencing.

He told Beathard that a doctor prescribed the Vicodin months ago. Miller had no prescription for the Oxycontin.

Heroin, Vicodin and Oxycontin are all opiate drugs.

“You substituted oxy and Vicodin for the heroin,” Beathard told Miller.

• Khaliem Williams, 31, of Columbus, was jailed under $10,000 cash or surety bond for violating terms of his house arrest and testing positive for marijuana.

Williams is charged with two counts of domestic violence, stemming from a Jan. 22, 2013 incident in London.

Williams’ electronic ankle monitor showed the man at various locations outside his home in recent weeks. He also failed to report weekly to the court’s probation department.

• Christina J. Criner, 48, of Columbus, was sentenced to two years of community control and 60 days in Tri-County Regional Jail for illegally trafficking morphine in September 2011. Her grandchildren were present during the drug deal, increasing potential penalties.

Criner pleaded guilty to the charge in January.

Criner offered a tearful apology for her actions and said she’s been drug free for two years.

“I won’t touch drugs again,” she promised.

• Ciera Sprouse, 20, of London, was charged with trafficking the painkiller Oxycodone in the presence of a child on Aug. 15, 2013.

If convicted, Sprouse faces up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Although, she could be placed on community control.

Beathard appointed Dale Frenz to represent Sprouse at a May 22 trial and released the woman on a signature bond.

Jane Beathard can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 16 or via Twitter @JaneBeathard.

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