Mingo Junction man pleads guilty to stealing

LISBON — A man indicted earlier this year for breaking into his former workplace and stealing items, including a rifle, has opted to plead guilty to the charges for the second time.

Mark Foden, 46, of Mingo Junction, pleaded guilty in county Common Pleas Court on Thursday to fifth-degree felony breaking and entering, third-degree felony theft and fourth-degree felony theft.

The maximum sentence for the three charges is five and a half years if all the sentences were to run concurrently.

Foden had originally pleaded not guilty to the charges and then in May of this year opted to plead guilty, but then attempted to withdraw the plea a few months later.

According to court documents, Foden was charged after trespassing with another person into the Garwood Machine Shop on Short Road in Columbiana in October of last year. He allegedly took a .22-caliber rifle and 2,000 pounds of copper bars belonging to Seth Garwood. The bars were valued at at least $7,500 and less than $150,000.

He later tried to sell the rifle and sold the copper to various scrap yards.

When Foden was indicted on the charges in February he was served at the Ross Correctional Institution in Chillicothe where he was serving a prison sentence on unrelated charges. He has also served time at the county jail.

Assistant County Prosecutor Tammie Riley Jones told the court in May of last year that she planned to ask for an 18-month concurrent prison sentence.

Foden has also served time for other similar convictions through county courts, including burglary and robbery in 2004, robbery and escape in 2008 and theft in 1997.