Burglar scolded then sentenced

A Marietta man who caused serious damage while breaking and entering into two area businesses was sentenced Wednesday in Washington County Common Pleas Court to three years in prison.

Jared Wayne Philpot, 40, of 1005 Third St., was indicted in March on six fifth-degree felony charges-three for breaking and entering, one for possession of criminal tools, one for theft and one for vandalism.

Philpot had recently completed a nearly 10-year prison sentence for aggravated robbery and was on post-release control when he broke into Ketel1 Teamwear at 111 Putnam St. and Smitty’s Pizza on Starlite Drive. The crimes occurred between Dec. 27, 2012 and Jan. 15, 2013.

Philpot caused serious damages at both businesses. He smashed a door at Smitty’s with a crowbar and damaged a toilet at Ketel1, which forced a temporary closure of the store.

Wendy Ketelsen, who along with husband, Brian, owns Ketel1, admonished Philpot in court Wednesday.

“We’ve got a lot going on in our family too, but we don’t resort to stealing, and violence, and hurting other people,” she said.

Philpot stole more than $1,000 in cash and merchandise from the store and there was unspecified property damage. Insurance covered all but $400 but the store’s insurance was canceled as a result of the back-to-back break-ins and the Ketelsen’s two daughters are now afraid to enter the store, she said.

Philpot pleaded guilty Nov. 15 to all six felonies and in turn the prosecution agreed to drop post-release control specifications that would have automatically given him more than three years of additional prison time, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Jared Erb.

Because of Philpot’s extensive criminal history, Erb recommended the maximum sentence-one year on each of the six charges.

“The state sees no compelling reason why Mr. Philpot would benefit from community control. The state recommends you impose the maximum sentence available to you under the law…imposing consecutive sentences is necessary,” said Erb.

Philpot’s attorney Joe Brockwell said the SEPTA Correctional Facility had evaluated Philpot and considered him an acceptable candidate for their rehabilitation program.

“Sending him there would serve both the purpose of incarcerating him and rehabilitating him for the drug abuse, which has certainly driven some of this,” said Brockwell.

Philpot apologized to the victims of the break-ins. He had become addicted to drugs again a few years after his release from prison but now had a reason to stay sober-a new wife and stepchildren, he said.

“I don’t want to leave them, but it is what it is,” he said.

Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Ed Lane said prison was the only appropriate sentence for Philpot.

“By the court’s count, I believe he has 12 prior felony convictions,” he said.

Lane ordered the maximum one-year sentence on all six charges. The three breaking and entering charges will run consecutively but the rest will run concurrently, giving Philpot a three-year sentence, said Lane.

He also ordered $400 in restitution to Ketel1 Teamwear for the expenses not covered by insurance.

“You’re a healthy person. You can get a job. You can work like the rest of the world,” Lane told Philpot.