A McArthur man and woman were recently sentenced in the Vinton County Court of Common Pleas.

On July 24, 2020 Johnda Glenn of Athens, Ohio came before the Vinton County Common Pleas Court for a plea hearing. On Aug. 19, Jerome Lee Smith came before the court for a plea hearing. He entered a plea of guilty to one count of attempt to commit engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a felony of the third degree; one count of trespass in a habitation when a person is present or likely to be present, a felony of the fourth degree; one count of breaking and entering, a felony of the fifth degree; one count of receiving stolen property, a felony of the fifth degree; and one count of receiving stolen property, a misdemeanor of the first degree.

Glenn entered a plea of guilty to one count of attempt to commit engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a felony of the third degree; one count of trespass in a habitation when a person is present or likely to be present, a felony of the fourth degree; one count of breaking and entering, a felony of the fifth degree; one count of receiving stolen property, a felony of the fifth degree; and one count of receiving stolen property, a misdemeanor of the first degree.

This indictment originated from multiple incidents occurring over the span of a few months, according to the Vinton County Prosecutor’s Office. On Feb. 23, the niece of an Old Route 50 homeowner called in a possible burglary to her aunt’s property. She stated her aunt no longer lives in the home, but it was evident someone had been through the house. Reports were also made of a gold sedan parked in front of the residence on multiple occasions. The victim was unsure if anything was removed from the home besides a trail camera and some totes located outside the residence.

On March 1, a report was made of two individuals seen leaving an unoccupied residence on Old Route 50. When confronted they stated a realtor had given them the address and they were looking to buy the house. However, the house was not for sale. The two individuals left the residence in a gold Lincoln.

On March 11, Deputy Thomas of the Vinton County Sheriff’s office had stopped a car with an assortment of items such as blankets, knick knacks, a lawnmower and a weed eater. The above mentioned matched the description of items missing from a Wellston resident in the process of moving, according to the Prosecutor’s Office press release.

On April 15, a deputy was informed of a gold Nissan Sentra driving recklessly headed out of town. After observing the vehicle travel in the center of the marked lanes, Deputy Thomas pulled the vehicle over.

The driver, Jerome Smith stated the car was gifted to him by his mother and he was swerving because he was trying to eat. Smith granted Deputy Thomas verbal consent to search the vehicle. Located within the vehicle was a pink drawstring bag with contents belonging to an elderly lady. The passenger, Johnda Glenn stated the bag belonged to her aunt. However, she was unable to provide a correct descriptive to match the ID of the victim. Later the victim informed Law Enforcement she had no connections to either defendant. Deputy Thomas also found criminal tools such as, screw drivers, pipe wrenches and a flashlight in the trunk of the vehicle. Glenn also had a flashlight on her person. At this point Deputy Thomas read the two individuals their Miranda rights and took them into custody. The car was towed to an impound lot and both defendants stated they had in fact stolen other property, the Prosecutor’s Office release stated.

Glenn was ordered by the court to serve a stated prison term of three years for attempting to commit engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. She is subject to a 6.5-year sentence for her convictions. Glenn will face other sanctions as well such as being required to complete a community based correctional facility and transitional living after serving a prison sanction.

Smith was also ordered by the court to serve a stated prison term of three years for attempting to commit engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. He is subject to a 6.5-year sentence for his convictions. Smith will face other sanctions as well such as being required to complete a community based correctional facility and transitional living after serving a prison sanction.

sdawes@vintoncourier.com; @sydneydawes_95

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