Mason County co-defendants await court date

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Amber Gillenwater agillenwater@civitasmedia.com

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GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — A Gallia County man charged for his involvement in several area burglaries was sentenced to prison Thursday in the Common Pleas Court of Gallia County.

Jason Roach, 31, Gallipolis, was sentenced to a total of four years of incarceration in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation after he pleaded guilty last month to three counts of burglary and one count of theft.

Roach was indicted in August 2013 and subsequently pleaded not guilty to three counts of burglary and four counts of theft for his involvement in two 2012 burglaries and one July 2013 burglary.

According to the indictment in this case, Roach broke into a home located on Buckeye Hills Road on August 29, 2012, and stole miscellaneous tools, a Dell laptop, a flat screen television, a Derringer 22 firearm and a Honda 450 Foreman ATV. In addition, Roach allegedly broke into a residence located on Ohio 325 on October 8, 2012, subsequently stealing a wooden standing jewelry box containing gold and silver jewelry, as well as a Dell laptop computer and a Nook book reader. On July 8, 2013, the indictment also specifies that the defendant broke into a home located on McCully Road.

Roach’s co-defendants, Jesse Reitmire and Kelley D. Veazey, were also indicted in August 2013, and are also facing burglary charges in the common pleas court.

Reitmire, 28, New Haven, W.Va., pleaded not guilty to one count of burglary and three counts of theft for his alleged involvement in the break-in at the residence on Buckeye Hills Road.

He is scheduled to appear on January 10 in the common pleas court for a hearing on all pending motions in this case.

Veazey, 28, Point Pleasant, pleaded not guilty to one count of burglary and one count of theft for her alleged involvement in relation to the burglary at the residence located on Ohio 325.

A status conference was held on December 20 and, according to the journal entry, the court has been advised that this case has been resolved. No further entries had been filed in this case as of Thursday afternoon.

After negotiating a plea agreement, Roach pleaded guilty on December 19 to all three counts of burglary as well as to stealing the miscellaneous items listed in the indictment from the home on Ohio 325 on October 8, 2012.

During the hearing held on Thursday, Common Pleas Judge D. Dean Evans sentenced Roach to 36 months of imprisonment for both counts of burglary stemming from break-ins in 2012 — sentences to be served concurrently — and to 12 months of incarceration for the burglary on McCully Road. The theft charge was merged with the final count of burglary for the purposes of sentencing, thereby the defendant was ordered to serve a total of 48 months of imprisonment in a state prison.

He was given credit for 118 days served, was ordered to have no contact with any of the victims in this case and was further ordered to pay the costs of prosecution.

Following Thursday’s hearing, Gallia County Assistant Prosecutor Britt Wiseman stated that he is pleased to have been able to seek justice for the victims of the burglaries in this case.

“We are pleased that we were able to structure a resolution in this case which holds this defendant accountable for his involvement in several burglaries throughout the county,” Wiseman said. “Gallia County residents should know that the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office remain committed to protecting homeowners and their property by vigorously prosecuting criminal activity.”

Roach was remanded to the custody of the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office where he will await transportation to a state prison.

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