Twin teenage boys who helped their father burglarize a Plain City home in January were each sentenced to two years in prison Monday in Madison County Common Pleas Court.
Jayson and Joshua Anderson, both 18, reportedly assisted their father, Isa Thomas, and Thomas’ friend, Ryan Brown, break into a home. The two fled after a Madison County sheriff’s deputy arrived to the scene.
The brothers initially faced charges of complicity to burglary, complicity to theft and possession of criminal tools.
Joshua, the driver, faced an additional charge of failure to comply.
In a plea agreement, the brothers pleaded guilty to complicity to burglary, a second-degree felony. Prosecutors dropped all other charges, which were fourth- and fifth-degree felonies.
The charges stem from a Jan. 30 incident. Deputy Rodger Heflin responded to a call from a resident on Price Hilliards Road in Plain City at about 11 a.m., according to the report.
Heflin said he found a vehicle matching a victim’s description backed into a driveway on the same road. The Anderson brothers were in the vehicle and told Heflin they had brought their father to see a friend. Heflin said when he walked around the house he heard the vehicle’s engine start.
One of the brothers drove the vehicle around Heflin’s cruiser, which was parked behind the suspect’s vehicle, and the two fled. Heflin pursued the suspects, who eventually crashed the vehicle and were apprehended.
The Andersons’ attorney, Byron Potts, said in court Monday that the boys were attempting to rekindle a relationship with their father, who has a lengthy criminal background. The teens — who are honor students and have no criminal background, he noted — were easily influenced.
Potts requested the court consider only community control and no prison time.
“I think this has scared them so much you’ll never see them again,” he said.
Nick Adkins, assistant prosecutor, said the teens had the opportunity to remove themselves from the situation. He said the crime caused the victim “serious psychological harm.”
Judge Eamon Costello called the sentence “a real emotional struggle,” and referred to the situation as a “tragedy.”
Costello said the law required prison time for the felony crime, but had the punishment been more at his discretion, the teens would have likely received a community control sentence.
“I see a young man who will likely never come back into this court,” he said during Jayson’s sentencing.
Both boys apologized in court.
“I wasn’t thinking,” Jayson said. “I made a big mistake.”
The teens will be legally eligible for early release following a minimum six-month sentence.
The father, Thomas, was ordered to five years in prison for his involvement in the crime last month. Brown was sentenced to four years in prison.
Andrea McKinney can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1619 or via Twitter @AndeeWrites.
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