Created on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 Written by NATE SMITH
A Bellefontaine man was sentenced Monday by Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor to more than four years in prison on charges of burglary and violating his probation.
Michael Beck, 27, previously of 621 Cooper Ave., was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison, more than $4,700 in restitution and three years’ post release control for two second-degree felony counts of burglary, and for violating his probation.
A January indictment handed up by a Logan County grand jury included two counts of burglary, second-degree felonies; receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony; two counts of receiving stolen property, first-degree misdemeanors; safecracking, a fourth-degree felony; theft of drugs, a fourth-degree felony; and criminal damaging, a second-degree misdemeanor.
The defendant’s attorneys told the judge Mr. Beck was a childhood victim of abuse, and that his father died at a young age. Mr. Beck has been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder and identified as bipolar, his counsel said.
The defendant also has a long history of drug and alcohol addiction, and has previously relapsed and overdosed, court records show.
Prosecutors charged the defendant has used his childhood as an excuse for his criminal behavior and addictions, adding that he’s been afforded multiple chances to get himself clean without a lengthy prison term.
The defendant apologized to the court for his actions, and claimed he was intoxicated during his crimes.
He said he was haunted by the memory and ashamed of his actions.
Mr. Beck has been incarcerated since December. His request to get out of jail for a while prior to his prison stay was denied.
“After a four-and-half-year prison sentence, the motion not to return is just too great,” the judge said.
Accidental gunshot wound results in conviction
A defendant who was criminally charged after he accidentally shot himself in the leg was sentenced to probation.
Shane Kramer, 40, of Rushsylvania, was sentenced to three years’ community control, a $250 fine, and 80 hours of community service for possessing a weapon under disability.
The defendant was charged shortly following his admittance to Mary Rutan Hospital in December after he shot himself in the leg while attempting to clean the firearm.
Mr. Kramer told the judge he had consumed beer earlier in the day, but wasn’t intoxicated at the time of the incident.
He only had the gun to teach his kids to shoot, according to his statement to the court.
As part of his probation, the defendant will be assessed for drug and/or alcohol counseling.
“You shot yourself, that’s some punishment in and of itself,” the judge said.