Third guilty plea filed in burglary case

LISBON — A Salem man accused of helping two others to burglarize a home on July 26, 2016, pleaded to the third-degree felony charge he was facing in Common Pleas Court Friday.

Austin Young, 24, Vine Street, Salem, pleaded guilty to complicity to burglary in a hearing before Judge Megan Bickerton.

One of the co-defendants in the case, Stephen T. Vishak, 25, Vine Street, Salem, was sentenced in August 2017 to nine months in prison for burglary. He was credited with 80 days already served. The other co-defendant, Marcus A. Bowersock, 30, Market Street, East Liverpool, was placed on four years community control for the burglary.

Court records show Bowersock and Vishak trespassed into the home of Cory and Misty Heaton, state Route 518, Lisbon. Bowersock entered the home through a bathroom window for the purpose of taking electronics, video games, a Marlin rifle, crossbow and a safe.

Young reportedly drove Bowersock and Vishak to the home, dropped them off and picked them back up to return to Salem.

Sentencing for Young is set for Aug. 30. While Assistant County Prosecutor Tammie Riley Jones said she is asking for a minimum nine-month prison term, Young’s defense attorney, Thomas Zena, has asked for the consideration of community control and Eastern Ohio Correctional Center time.

Jones indicated as part of the plea agreement there will not be additional charges pursued against Young, who failed to appear for a status conference in May of 2017 and did not return for another court hearing until March of 2019.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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