Marietta man sent to jail for burglaries

A Marietta man who participated in one of the daytime burglaries that plagued Marietta in the fall of 2012 was sentenced Wednesday in Washington County Common Pleas Court to 120 days in the Washington County Jail.

Brandon M. Schmidt, 23, of 830 Ridge St., pleaded guilty Jan. 27 to a third-degree felony burglary charge. Schmidt reportedly broke into a Harmar home on Oct. 25, 2012 and stole a television set.

The home was one of many targeted during a spree of daytime burglaries in the city that fall, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Rings.

More than a dozen burglaries were reported in Marietta in September and October of 2012. Marietta resident Carl D. Robison, 20, was implicated as the ringleader of the burglaries. Robison pleaded guilty to three second-degree felony counts of burglaries and was sentenced in January 2013 to four years in prison on the charges.

Schmidt’s involvement in the burglaries is believed to be isolated to the single incident, said Rings.

“This was the only one that we know (Schmidt) was involved in,” he said.

He was caught soon after, and he was still in possession of the stolen television.

For that reason, Rings believed no restitution had been requested in the case.

“It’s my belief that the TV was found and returned rather quickly, so there might not be any restitution in this case,” he said.

There was some dispute as to how much credit Schmidt would get for days served.

His attorney, Randall Jedlink, said the paperwork he had listed 65 days credit.

“It says on the (pre-sentence investigation) report he was in from Dec. 17 to Feb. 5,” said Jedlink.

However, Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Randall Burnworth only had one day of credit listed on his paperwork.

Schmidt was released on a recognizance bond Dec. 17, the same day he was booked, said Rings.

“It appears the other time he spent in jail has been on another charge, not this one,” added Burnworth.

According to arrest records, Schmidt was booked into jail on Dec. 17 on both the burglary charge and four misdemeanor counts of receiving stolen property that happened in early December. Schmidt remained in custody Wednesday, having been arrested again March 10 for misdemeanor theft and criminal damaging charges which occurred Feb. 16.

Jedlink said he would look further into the matter but acquiesced to the one day served for the time being.

In addition to the 120 days jail time, Burnworth ordered Schmidt to serve three years of community control and ordered him to undergo assessment for counseling at L&P Services and the court’s “Thinking For A Change” program.

If Schmidt violates community control, he could be sentenced to a maximum three years in prison, added Burnworth.