Marietta man gets one year

A Marietta man who broke into a local government property with a friend and tried to steal valuable metal was sentenced Wednesday in Washington County Common Pleas Court to a year in prison for breaking and entering.

Alex J. Handschumacher, 36, of 10 Browns Road, received the maximum sentence on the fifth-degree felony breaking and entering charge.

Washington County Prosecutor Jim Schneider noted Handschumacher’s current incarceration in West Virginia when recommending a prison sentence.

“I don’t have a problem with running it concurrent to the sentence he is currently serving in West Virginia,” he said.

Handschumacher is serving time there for drug distribution, said Schneider.

Schneider was indicted in Washington County in November 2012 on the breaking and entering charge as well as a fourth-degree felony charge of grand theft.

He and Michael Hollingsworth, 35, of Fort Worth, Texas, were accused of crawling under a chain link fence at the U.S. Corps of Engineers in Marietta and trying to steal bronze aluminum bars.

Hollingsworth pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree felony breaking and entering charge and was sentenced in August to 60 days in the Washington County Jail with a transfer to the SEPTA Correctional Facility possible after 45 days served.

Handschumacher’s attorney, Rolf Baumgartel, did not oppose the sentence or request community control. Baumgartel did seize on Schneider’s willingness to start running Handschumacher’s time on the current charge with the time he is already serving.

“I’d ask that the time start from at least (when he was brought back to Ohio) if not before that,” said Baumgartel.

Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Ed Lane said other active warrants for Handschumacher completely negated the possibility of community control.

“I don’t believe there is anywhere else to send him,” said Lane in reference to prison.

Handschumacher’s prior convictions include drunk driving charges, theft, burglary, and an aggravated robbery with a gun specification, said Lane.

Handschumacher spoke only to say that he took full responsibility for his actions.

Lane sentenced Handschumacher to the maximum one year in prison on the charge and ordered the sentence to run concurrently with Handschumacher’s sentence in West Virginia. However, Lane warned, because West Virginia issues indefinite sentences, Handschumacher could be transferred to Ohio to serve the balance of his sentence if West Virginia releases him before a year has lapsed.