WJ van thief back in court

Santangelo faces drug, domestic violence, menacing charges

By Brandon Semler - bsemler@civitasmedia.com

William Santangelo

William Santangelo

A Columbus man who was convicted for stealing a specialty van owned by the West Jefferson family of a disabled child was back in court Tuesday for drug charges.

William Santangelo, 45, was charged in Madison County Commons Pleas Court with drug possession earlier this year after authorities found he possessed heroin.

On Tuesday, his sentencing hearing was pushed back to December to allow new domestic violence charges in Franklin County to be resolved before a sentence is determined in Madison County.

Santangelo was initially sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years of community control in February on a charge of receiving stolen property for stealing, stripping and damaging a wheelchair-accessible van owned by the family of a disabled child.

He was in possession of heroin when he was arrested for stealing the van, according to assistant county prosecutor Nick Adkins. Santangelo pleaded guilty to the drug charge in July.

In May, Santangelo was charged with aggravated menacing and domestic violence, both misdemeanors, in Franklin County Municipal Court. The charges are currently pending.

The van was stolen from the family’s residence the morning of Oct. 10, 2014, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol report. A West Jefferson police officer later saw the van parked on the side of Plain City-Georgesville Road about 2:30 p.m., the report said.

A traffic stop was initiated, and Santangelo fled on foot. He gave up and was placed in handcuffs. A green bag of heroin was found on him.

The family reported that all four tires and wheels were changed out, the spare tire and tire cover were missing, the luggage rack was missing and the steering column was damaged.

The new domestic violence charges violate the terms of Santangelo’s community control — imposed as a result of stealing the van — in Madison County. His sentencing hearing in Madison County is currently scheduled for Dec. 1.

Brandon Semler can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615 or via Twitter @BrandonSemler.

William Santangelo
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Santangelo faces drug, domestic violence, menacing charges

By Brandon Semler