STEUBENVILLE - A city man who admitted to breaking into two residences in the city was sentenced to one year in prison on Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr.
Justin S. Hazelip, 23, pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary and one count of theft. Hazelip was accused of burglarizing a home in the 300 block of Highland Avenue on March 11 and taking a laptop computer and entering a home in the 800 block of Pekruhn Court on March 12 by removing a window air conditioner. Police caught Hazelip running from the home on Pekruhn Court.
Common Pleas Judge David Henderson sentenced Jonathan Ellison, 23, of township Road 241, Toronto, to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center after Ellison pleaded guilty to four counts of receiving stolen property.
Ellison was charged with receiving stolen motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles in May and July and a stolen generator and power tools in November.
County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Calabria recommended Ellison be sentenced to two years in prison.
Defense attorney Stephen Lamatrice said it was Ellison's first felony conviction.
"Why shove him into the prison system? All you learn in prison is to be a criminal," Lamatrice said.
Henderson told Ellison he is taking a chance by not sending him to prison. Ellison will be on probation for three years. He faces up to five and one-half years in prison if he violates probation.
Lawrence R. Luke Jr., 19, of 1428 Ridge Ave. was allowed to enter drug court by Henderson after Luke pleaded guilty to three counts of drug possession and one count of tampering with evidence.
Luke was arrested by City Police in May after an assault investigation and cocaine and Xanax were found on him. City Police in September attempted to stop Luke on a traffic charge but he attempted to flee police. He ran on foot into the Heritage Place apartments on Market Street. An officer saw Luke throw a brown bag on the floor, and police found in the bag 195 grams of marijuana.
The charges against Luke will be dismissed if he completes the one-year drug court and two years of probation.
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