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UPDATE: Second defendant in botched burglary pleads guilty



The second accomplice in a botched burglary attempt pleaded guilty Monday before Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor.

Matthew Cheadle, 32, at large, pleaded guilty to burglary, a second-degree felony. Mr. Cheadle, and a second defendant, Jason Overholt, broke into a County Road 1 residence on Jan. 8 and were in the process of burglarizing the place when the homeowner returned and held the men at gunpoint until law enforcement arrived.

A search of the defendants yielded suspected criminal tools including magnets, rubber gloves and a police scanner.

Prosecutors are recommending a four-year prison term for Mr. Cheadle when he is sentenced July 22.

Mr. Overholt was sentenced March 18 to three years in prison.

Woman admits felonious assault

Brown Morgan


A defendant accused of seriously injuring a woman during a fight at Moore’s Cafe pleaded guilty Monday.

Morgan Brown, 23, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to felonious assault, a second-degree felony. Video footage taken at Moore’s Cafe shows the defendant approaching another named female, according to prosecutors.

The victim, Kendra A. Henry, was seated at a booth when the defendant confronted her, video shows. An argument ensued and as patrons were attempting to pull Ms. Brown away, she attacked the victim, threw her to the floor and began beating her.

The victim was treated at the scene by a Bellefontaine squad. She eventually was transported to Grant Medical Center where she received 60 stitches above her right eye.

The defendant will be sentenced July 22.

Man sentenced for illegal firearm possession



Brooks Radcliff, 31, of Columbus, was sentenced to five years’ community control, a $250 fine and ordered to pay court costs for attempted carrying a concealed weapon, a fifth-degree felony.

The charge stems from a drug investigation at a residence on Detroit Street. The defendant was among two admitted crack cocaine dealers. The defendant’s .40-caliber handgun was recovered as part of a search of that residence.

Mr. Radcliff’s prior felony record prohibits him from carrying a gun, the judge said, noting that the .40 caliber Glock, probably wasn’t, “being used to hunt squirrels.”

The defendant must also be screened for drug and alcohol counseling, despite his claim that he’d been sober for five years. 


Defendants sentenced to local jail

Three more defendants were sentenced and three more pleaded guilty in Logan County Common Pleas Court this week.

Eric Johnston, 42, of Lakeview, was sentenced to 30 days in Logan County Jail, three years’ community control and ordered to pay a $250 fine, restitution and court costs for breaking and entering.

The court found him guilty in May of stealing assorted aluminum from an Indian Lake residence following a short bench trial.



Joey Miller, 43, of Marion, was sentenced to 90 days in Logan County Jail, five years’ community control and ordered to pay court costs for petty theft;

William Johnson, 45, of Bellefontaine, was sentenced to three years’ community control and was ordered to pay a $250 fine, court costs and attorney fees for domestic violence.

Pleading guilty were:

• Michael Beck, 26, of Bellefontaine: burglary. He will be sentenced July 22;

• Jeffrey Aldo, 42, of Bellefontaine: two counts of trafficking in drugs, two counts of possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. He was granted intervention in lieu of conviction and must complete three years’ community control and undergo drug and alcohol counseling; and

• Jarrid Kimble, 31, of Lakeview: theft and forgery. He  was placed on the prosecutor’s pretrial diversion program.

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