2 1/2-year prison sentence given to Beverly teen

A Beverly teen accused of breaking into a Salem Township home and stealing several items was sentenced Thursday in Washington County Common Pleas Court to 30 months in prison.

Branden D. Ramage, 19, of 206 Jennison St., made no statement before the sentence was handed down, but his attorney asked for a community control sanction on the third-degree felony count of burglary.

“This is my client’s first felony. He’s already spent nearly four months in jail,” said defense attorney Randall Jedlink.

Ramage has already completed a longer jail sentence than that given to his co-defendant, Kyle Hesson, 19, of Marietta.

The two men allegedly used a tire tool to force their way into a home on Germantown Road on April 10 where they stole money, jewelry, tools and more.

Hesson pleaded guilty to an identical third-degree felony charge of burglary and was sentenced in July to 98 days in jail and ordered to complete a treatment program at SETPA Correctional Facility.

Jedlink asked for a similar sentence for Ramage, citing a past with substance abuse issues that could be addressed in treatment.

“I do believe that is probably in his best interest and I believe he believes that to be the case as well,” said Jedlink.

Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Rings did not specifically request or oppose a particular sentence. Rather, Rings asked that if Ramage did receive a community control sanction, treatment through SEPTA be mandated as part of that.

Rings said he believed the victim was owed restitution. However, he has not been able to contact her, he said.

“I actually sent the victim a letter….The number that we have on file is no longer in service. I’m not sure how to go about reaching her,” said Rings.

Since there was not specifically a request for restitution, Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Ed Lane did not order it.

Lane went over Ramage’s criminal history and cited multiple violations of previous probationary sanctions as a reason Ramage should be sent to prison.

After his first conviction as a juvenile, he received “extensive drug and alcohol treatment,” said Lane.

Ramage has convictions for theft, driving while drunk, weapons while intoxicated and multiple instances of underage consumption.

“You’ve been given treatment before as a juvenile and you violated your probation. You’ve been given treatment before as an adult,” said Lane.

Lane said he hoped the sentence would get Ramage’s attention and force him to get serious about tackling his substance abuse problem.