Henderson extends sentence of Toronto man

STEUBENVILLE – A Toronto man was ordered to spend 60 days in jail plus two more years on probation after admitting to giving a juvenile girl he’s barred from having contact with a ride to a local eatery.

Derek M. Bocek, 26, told Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson that he’d violated his probation, but said the girl showed up on his porch June 3 telling him she needed a ride to town.

“I made a bad decision” in giving her the ride, he said, adding the violation came to light when he was stopped for speeding on the way back to Toronto. “I just want to get on with my life.”

In addition to jail and probation, Bocek has been barred from having contact with the girl and must continue to register as a Tier 2 sex offender.

In other cases:

Revocation proceedings against Drake A. Burton, 21, of Steubenville were continued because he was assigned a new attorney, Erik Reszke. He had previously been represented by Steve Lamatrice, who asked Henderson to remove him.

Burton is charged with violating his probation for his alleged involvement in a May 16 burglary in Mingo Junction in which three men dressed as utility workers forced their way inside a home at 122 Union Ave. and then compelled a 27-year-old man to open a safe, tied him up and shot him in the thigh. Three other people inside the house – a 2-year-old girl, a 13-year-old and a 23-year-old woman – allegedly also were tied up and then pistol-whipped.

The men claimed they were owed money.

Burton and two other men, 23-year-old Stedmund Creech of Wheeling and 30-year-old Precious Turner, 1328 Wellesley Ave., were indicted in connection with the burglary. Creech and Burton each were indicted on four counts of aggravated burglary, four counts of felonious assault – one with a firearm specification – and tampering with evidence. Creech also was charged with one count of having a weapon as a convicted felon. Turner faces one count of tampering with evidence.

A 17-year-old who allegedly drove the getaway vehicle faces charges in juvenile court of complicity to aggravated burglary and complicity to felonious assault, each with a firearm specification.

Shawn Antill, 19, of Toronto was sentenced to 150 days in jail and three years of probation for violating his probation after admitting to using drugs and receiving stolen property while he was on probation for drug trafficking, complicity to theft, criminal mischief and two counts of theft in separate cases.

James Longstreth, 25, of Wintersville was ordered to complete a year of probation for violating a previous probation order.

In November 2011 he’d pleaded guilty to burglary and misdemeanor theft, and was sentenced by Henderson to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center followed by one year of probation. Longstreth, however, had not reported to his probation officer since September and also was charged with failure to appear in Erie, Pa., criminal court.

Michael G. Larkins, 31, 981 township Road 216, Richmond, was placed on two years’ probation after pleading guilty to two counts of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle on Feb. 22.

Larkins had been charged by Ohio Highway Patrol with operating a vehicle under the influence following a traffic stop on state Route 7 near U.S. Route 22. A loaded handgun was found during a search of his vehicle.

He was charged with a second count of improper handling because the gun was with him in the vehicle while he was intoxicated.