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Defendant imprisoned for burglary

A Lakeview man was sentenced to more than a year in prison for a September burglary this week in Logan County Common Pleas Court.



Matthew Davis, 37, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for burglary. He previously pleaded guilty to entering the 10990 State St., Lakeside, Lakeview, residence of Shannon Kirby on the morning of Sept. 10.

She at first thought it was her son opening the door, but then noticed it was a white male subject. The suspect fled from the residence.

Deputies arrived and processed the scene. They spoke with Mrs. Kirby’s husband, who reported that he had recently talked with a friend, Matt Davis, by telephone and that Mr. Davis had asked how long he was going to be out of town.

Deputies followed footprints in the wet grass that were tracked toward Davis’ residence along Oak Circle, where they located the suspect. He was wearing clothing similar to what Mrs. Kirby described the suspect as wearing.

Mrs. Kirby was taken to the scene and she identified Mr. Davis as the person she had observed in her residence.

Mr. Davis denied being at the Kirby home. A search of Davis’ room located suspected drug paraphernalia.

A grand jury indictment also charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Also sentenced was Anthony Whitt, 28, of Kenton: 12 months in prison and ordered to pay $200 restitution for forgery. The prison sentence will run consecutively to a multi-year prison term the defendant is already serving.

He is currently lodged in the North Central Correctional Institution serving two years, six months for a combined seven counts of forgery from Van Wert, Allen and Auglaize counties. He is to be released July, 2015.

Pleading guilty were:

• Brock Rayles, 36, of DeGraff: non-support of dependents and theft. A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing is Feb. 19; and

• Jeremy Rhoades, 35, of DeGraff and Bobby Harber, 26, of Kenton: non-support of dependents. Both defendants were placed on the prosecutor’s pretrial diversion program.

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