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One pleads, another sentenced Tuesday

Escaped fugitive gets nine months in prison

A defendant confessed to theft of an elderly man’s wallet and another was sentenced for stealing several thousand dollars from his girlfriend’s father in an abbreviated docket Tuesday in Logan County Common Pleas Court.

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Jennifer Kindle, 38, of 332 West St., pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree felony count of theft from the elderly.

In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dismissed a charge of identity fraud.

She admitted to taking a wallet that had been misplaced by Kent Tenant, 68, at the former Rich gas station, 721 N. Main St., on May 3. Law enforcement used video taken from store security cameras to identify the suspect.

Charges had been made to the victim’s card in Logan, Union and Franklin counties, assistant prosecutor Dan LaRoche said.

The plea agreement submitted to the court recommends a 90-day jail sentence and a restitution order in the amount of $1,325.46.

She will be sentenced Jan. 7.

Bill Ray Garland, 57, of 1629 S. Township Road 46, was sentenced to 30 days in the Logan County Jail, five years’ community control, and was ordered to pay court costs and attorney fees for theft, a fourth-degree felony.

Mr. Garland was convicted of stealing a debit card that belonged to his girlfriend’s father and charging to it $14,283.20.

The defendant said the crime occurred as a result of an addiction to crack cocaine, a habit he has since kicked, “cold turkey.”

Reading from a presentence investigation, Judge Mark S. O’Connor noted the defendant hasn’t had a full-time job in nine years.

Mr. Garland said he has worked a series of odd jobs over that time, and that he is the primary caregiver for his girlfriend, who is prone to daily seizures. He says he is now seeking employment and anticipates being able to pay between $50 and $100 each month toward the restitution.

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In a case resolved last week, a convicted sex offender was sentenced for skipping town while on furlough ahead of his original sentence.

Shawn Kerns, 33, was sentenced to nine months in prison to be served consecutively with the five-and-a-half years he’s currently doing for two counts of gross sexual imposition.
The defendant fled Ohio in April after he pleaded to the GSI charges. He was located in June in the Oglala community of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, where he had been living in a tent.

Court was pushed back a day in observance of Veterans’ Day.

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