Price sentenced for breaking into local home

GREENVILLE – Austin Price, 22, was sentenced to jail and probation for breaking into and stealing items from an Ansonia home in 2015.

Price appeared for sentencing Friday afternoon in the Darke County Common Pleas Court after previously pleading guilty to two felony and two misdemeanor counts of Receiving Stolen Property.

Price and a co-defendant were charged for illegally entering and stealing several items from the home in October 2015, including firearms.

“I wasn’t thinking about anyone other than myself when this happened,” Price said in court. “I’m trying to turn my life around.”

As part of a plea agreement, Judge Jonathan P. Hein sentenced Price to 30 days in the Darke County Jail. Additionally, he will be required to serve 60 days of house arrest and up to 60 months of community control sanctions after completing the jail time.  He is also to complete 75 hours of community service.

Judge Hein noted that work release privileges are available so Price can earn money to pay back the homeowners the $1,750 restitution ordered by the court.

“Please don’t make us be the victim twice,” Darke County Assistant Prosecutor Deborah S. Quigley read aloud from a prepared statement from the victims.

Prior to imposing the sentence, the judge explained that since this was Price’s first low-level felony conviction, the option to send him to prison wasn’t available due to current state legislation.

“This is serious conduct, but the option to for prison isn’t even on the table,” said Judge Hein.

If Price fails to comply with the sentence requirements, he could face up a year behind bars.

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