Man gets two years on burglary, drug possession charges
LISBON — An East Liverpool man was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to burglary and a possession of drugs charge in Common Pleas Court.
Michael Allen Howard, 33, Lincoln Avenue, East Liverpool, was one of two men charged after they were found by East Liverpool police to have taken items from inside the home of Linda Wilson, Bradshaw Avenue, East Liverpool, on Jan. 27, 2019.
Howard’s co-defendant, Wilbert E. Faulk Sr., 60, Lincoln Avenue, East Liverpool, was sentenced to serve 18-months during his plea hearing in July in front of Judge Scott Washam. During that hearing, Faulk had admitted he was in the home to steal the copper plumbing so he would have something to sell to buy drugs.
Howard chose not to make a statement during his plea hearing on Tuesday in front of Judge Megan Bickerton.
The burglary charge was a third-degree felony, which for someone with several prior convictions can carry a minimum sentence of a year and a maximum of up to five years in prison.
As part of the plea agreement, Chief Assistant County Prosecutor John Gamble asked for an 18 month prison term for the burglary charge and a consecutive six month term for the drug charge, which came from cocaine Howard was found to have on Aug. 23, 2018.
While Howard’s defense attorney Kelly Linger also asked for the same sentence, she asked Bickerton to consider running the two sentences concurrent to each other, which would have meant a net sentence of only 18 months.
Bickerton opted for the two-year sentence, noting court records show this was not Howard’s first felony. Bickerton continued, stated he has charges going back to 2009, including a breaking and entering case from 2013.
Howard said he has spent 199 days in jail and Bickerton asked the attorneys to confirm the amount so his prison credit can be calculated.