Greenville man receives jail, probation for burglary

GREENVILLE – A Greenville man will spend time in the Darke County Jail before being placed on probation after being convicted for a burglary that occurred in April.

According to Darke County Prosecuting Attorney Kelly Ormsby, on April 13, 25-year-old Dustin M. Sonner is said to have illegally entered the apartment of his ex-girlfriend, who is reported to have tried to break off the relationship. Court records indicate that an intoxicated Sonner entered the residence and became enraged. He allegedly trashed items in the apartment, before throwing a street sign, he had brought with him, through a window.

Sonner appeared for sentencing in the case Monday in the Darke County Common Pleas Court. He was indicted on one felony count of second degree Burglary. As part of a plea agreement, he entered a guilty plea to an amended third degree felony Burglary in August.

A pre-sentence investigation discovered that Sonner has a history of substance abuse, dating back to 12-years-old. He has a conviction in Miami County earlier this year for open container and a DUI. He also has a 2011 conviction for assault.

“My client has a long substance abuse history and needs to get help,” state defense attorney David A. Rohrer.

“I definitely need help,” added Sonner. “I don’t want to wind up dead or hurting anyone!”

Judge Jonathan P. Hein ordered he be placed on a community control sanction for up to 60 months. Additionally, Sonner is required to serve 20 days in jail and 20 days on house arrest, both with work release privileges. He is also to complete 100 hours of community service and pay a $243.12 restitution for the damages caused to the apartment.

If Sonner fails to comply with the sentence, he could face 18 months in prison.

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