by Dave O'Brien I Staff Writer
A Mantua Township man convicted last year of burglarizing a Streetsboro residence in May 2012 has been sentenced to four years in prison.
Bryan P. Wagner, 22, was sentenced by Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman on Jan. 11. He faced up to eight years in prison after pleading guilty in November 2012, to one count of burglary, a second-degree felony, for a May 2012, burglary at a residence in the 8900 block of Falcon Drive in Streetsboro.
Pittman gave Wagner credit for 215 days already served in the Portage County jail awaiting trial. She ordered him to pay $30 in restitution to the victim, have no contact with the victim and pay a $350 fine, according to Pittman's sentencing order.
Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci said Wagner was identified as a suspect in a burglary in which a homeowner arrived home to find a sliding glass door pried open and a large jar of change, weighing about 60 pounds, missing from the living room.
A witness told sheriff's deputies a white SUV with a man and a woman inside had been at the residence earlier in the day. Because the theft involved a large number of coins, deputies checked area businesses with coin counting machines and found video surveillance footage showing Wagner and Hayley M. Washtock, 19, of Streetsboro, at a local grocery store where they had deposited $89 in change, Vigluicci said.
Washtock denied going into the Falcon Drive residence. She claimed she only went to the grocery store with Wagner and did not know where he got the change from. Wagner also denied the break-in, and blamed Washtock for the crime. He told deputies Washtock was "a doper" and the burglary was her idea.
A grand jury eventually indicted Wagner, Washtock and Aaron A. Love, 20, formerly of Mantua Township, on one count each of burglary. Love was sentenced by Pittman to eight years in prison in December after pleading guilty to burglary, breaking and entering, theft and forgery charges in five separate felony cases in October, including the Falcon Drive burglary.
Washtock pleaded guilty to burglary, a third-degree felony, in the Falcon Drive incident and possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony, in another case. On Dec. 28, 2012, Pittman sentenced Washtock to 150 days in the Portage County jail with credit for 121 days already served awaiting trial.
Pittman also sentenced her to court-ordered drug treatment at the Northeast Ohio Community Alternative Program in Warren.
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