ST. CLAIRSVILLE A sentencing was handed out Friday during Belmont County Common Pleas Court in the case of a rash of hunting cabin burglaries at Piedmont Lake. Judge John M. Solovan II presided.
Keith Edward Smith, 34, 57550 New Cut Road, Shadyside, was sentenced for burglary, a felony of the third degree occurring July 15, 2012. He was given the maximum sentence of 36 months and ordered to pay $783 in restitution jointly with his co-defendants.
Solovan noted Smith's past record of theft-related crimes, including six counts of breaking and entering, a count of burglary, for which he had served time in the penitentiary, demonstrating an escalating pattern of violation of others' property.
"You're very deserving of this sentence, because I don't believe you appreciate the impact that burglary offenses are having upon the public of Belmont County," he said.
Solovan added that although Smith had taken precautions to only break into unoccupied structures, he could not have been certain no one was present and he ran a risk of a much worse crime occurring.
Jason Gerald Magnani, 29, Captina Road, Powhatan Point, was sentenced to five years of community controls for attempting to secure weapons under disability, a felony of the third degree occurring Nov. 14, 2012.
He will serve up to six months in jail with credit for 122 days, then six months EOCC when room is available.
Christina Lorraine Klinect, 36, 42516 Butternut Ridge Road, Elyria, pleaded guilty to the illegal conveyance of marijuana into a detention facility, a felony of the third degree occurring Jan. 22, 2012. Sentence was set for April 26, a pre-sentence investigation and victim impact statement was ordered.
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