A South Charleston man was sentenced to five years in prison recently after pleading guilty to burglary, attempted burglary, breaking and entering, and theft.
Robert Eli Williams, 30, of South Charleston, was indicted in May on one charge of burglary, a felony of the second degree, one charge of felonious assault, a felony of the second degree, one charge of attempted burglary, a felony of the fourth degree, one charge of breaking and entering, a felony of the fifth degree, two counts of theft, both misdemeanors of the first degree, and one count of criminal damaging, a misdemeanor of the second degree.
According to Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth, a sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the Jefferson-Green Apartment Complex on Colonial Drive in Jeffersonville on April 19 to investigate a vehicle break-in. While investigating the incident, the deputy was approached by another area resident on Colonial Drive who reported that a man, portraying himself as maintenance personnel for the complex, had entered his residence and taken property.
The man then reportedly fled on foot. A description of the man was provided and deputies began checking the area, Stanforth said. About an hour-and-a-half later, the Sheriff’s Communications Center received a report of a suspicious man wearing a ski mask in the area of Colonial Drive and Woodsview Court in Jeffersonville.
The suspicious male was reportedly wearing clothing matching the description of the suspect from the earlier incident.
Sheriff’s deputy Adam Greenlee was checking the area when a man matching the suspect description, later identified as Williams, fled on foot into an apartment at 24 Colonial Drive. Greenlee chased the suspect, apprehended him and detained him as he continued to investigate, Stanforth said.
A witness told Greenlee that he saw Williams allegedly prying open the rear door of a home on Woodsview Court. When the witness confronted Williams, he allegedly attempted to strike the witness with a crow bar before fleeing on foot. As the investigation continued, Greenlee and Sgt. Todd Oesterle recovered property reported stolen in the earlier incidents.
In Fayette County Common Pleas Court, Williams pleaded guilty to burglary, attempted burglary, breaking and entering, theft, and criminal damaging. The State of Ohio dismissed counts two and five of the indictment — felonious assault and one count of theft as part of the plea deal. Williams was sentenced to a total of five years in prison and is subject to a mandatory three year period of supervision by the Adult Prole Authority once he is released.
Williams was awarded 73 days jail-time credit.
Also in Common Pleas Court, Anthony D. Pavey, 29, of Washington Court House, was sentenced to 10 months in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of non-support of dependents, both felonies of the fourth degree. Pavey may be subject to up to three years supervision by the Adult Parole Authority.