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Glenmoor man gets 10 months for trespassing and drug possession

LISBON — A Glenmoor area man who broke into two homes while under the influence of drugs was sentenced to 10 months in prison by Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Washam on Thursday.

Zackery Strub, 26, Irish Ridge Road, East Liverpool, had pleaded guilty in May to two counts of trespassing in a habitation and one count of aggravated possession of drugs. The trespassing charges were for walking into the homes of Anna Campbell, Y and O Road, and Roberta Barcus, Annesley Road, when both were at home on Nov. 9, 2019. Prior to that, on Aug. 15, 2019, Strub was found to have oxycodone in his possession.

Strub told Washam he was “out of my natural mind” on drugs and only remembered going to the third house and asking them to call the police on him. He said he would like to apologize to the people who lived in the homes he went into.

Strub and his defense attorney Chris Weeda had asked for community control with treatment at the Eastern Ohio Correction Center, arguing that this time he was ready to get some help for his drug problem.

Chief Assistant County Prosecutor John Gamble said this was not a classic burglary situation where Strub was so incoherent he did not remember what happened. But Gamble argued for a blended sentence, which would both punish Strub for causing both harm and fear for the victims, and then give him help for his drug problem. He suggested two six months sentences followed by community control.

Washam pointed out he had already given Strub a chance at the EOCC in 2016 and he violated his community control. He questioned why now four years later he thought it would be different.

Strub admitted drugs had “captured” him again and he could not promise he would never reuse. But right now he said he has been in the jail, is clear headed and felt he was ready to tackle his problem.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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