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Man pleads guilty to three charges

Photo by Michele Newbanks Thomas Lauric spoke on his own behalf during his sentencing Wednesday morning at the Washington County Courthouse.

A 37-year-old man who pleaded guilty in three separate cases was sentenced to community control Wednesday morning.

Thomas Lauric, 37, of 1001 Olive St., Parkersburg, pleaded guilty on June 17 to one count of fourth-degree possession of heroin, and two counts of breaking and entering, both fifth-degree felonies. He was indicted after breaking into units at Little Hocking and Belpre storage facilities.

Attorney Shawna Landaker said Lauric has been gainfully employed since he was let out of incarceration and is eager to seek treatment.

“I’m going to put you on community control for two years on each count,” Washington County Common Pleas Judge John Halliday said. He also sentenced Lauric to time served.

If he violates any of the conditions of community control, the court will impose the maximum prison term of 42 months, Halliday added.

Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Joe Derkin said Lauric had shown he was willing to work and “do the right thing” in returning to the courthouse for sentencing.

“We’re OK with the sentencing being the time served,” Derkin said.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

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