City man sentenced in house break-in

STEUBENVILLE – A city man was sentenced to six months in the Eastern Ohio Corrections Center on Wednesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson for his part in a house break-in.

Frank D. Anderson Jr., 29, of 1284 Sinclair Ave. pleaded guilty to the April 10 burglary of a house on county Road 42, Toronto.

Anderson told Henderson he thought the house was empty and was going to steal copper piping. He and and a woman went into the house through an unlocked basement door and saw the house was not empty. Anderson said he then stole televisions, a laptop computer and other items and sold the items on the streets of Steubenville for $600.

The homeowner told Henderson that Anderson also took his children’s toys and sheets and blankets for the kids’ beds.

Anderson, who admitted he was a drug addict, was ordered to make $3,800 in restitution.

He will be on probation for one year after his release from the Eastern Ohio Correction Center. He faces nine months in prison if he violates probation.

Anderson was arrested by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department on April 28.

The co-defendant, Amanda Rodgers of 849 Lincoln Ave., had her burglary case bound over from Toronto county court to the grand jury.

Also, Brent Montenery, 29, of Yorkville admitted to a probation violation.

Montenery pleaded guilty in April 2011 to drug trafficking and was placed on probation by Henderson for three years. He was charged with a probation violation in September 2011 after he was arrested by Tiltonsville Police on a charge of aggravated menacing. Henderson sentenced Montenery to 90 days in the county jail. He was then convicted of domestic violence in Dillonvale county court. Another probation violation charge was filed, and he was sentenced in May 2013 by Henderson to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center and placed on an additional two years of probation.

A third probation violation was filed against Montenery following his arrest in June by Tiltonsville Police on charges of domestic violence and criminal trespass.

The domestic violence and menacing charges involved Montenery’s former wife.

Henderson said he would sentence Montenery to 10 months in prison, but, based on the time Montenery spent in jail or the Eastern Ohio Correction Center, he could only be sentenced to 10 days. Montenery will be released in 10 days and his case will be finished.