MIAMI COUNTY — After a three-day trial, a jury found Michael Cable, 28, guilty of first-degree felony aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary Friday in Miami County Common Pleas Court.
Cable, who has previous addresses listed in Piqua and Troy, was found guilty of participating in a home invasion and robbery that left an occupant of the residence seriously injured. The incident took place on the 900 block of South Street in Piqua on Oct. 28, 2014. According to Piqua police reports, a call came in that two people had forcefully entered a home and were armed with a gun and a box cutter.
Ryan Sheppard, of Piqua, the alleged victim, testified in Judge Christopher Gee’s court Thursday about how he suffered a laceration that cut through two layers of skin on his chest and also suffered a cut on the back of his head from a pistol type of weapon.
DNA evidence implicated Cable in the crime after DNA collected from duct tape at the scene matched Cable’s in a national criminal database. The witnesses stated the alleged assailants had masks, bandanas and duct tape on their hands at the time of the burglary. Four pieces of duct tape were recovered at the scene.
MacKenzie Leonard, 25, of Troy, was a roommate of the victim and testified Wednesday that she was in her bedroom at the time of the break-in. Leonard was working as a prostitute for money at time of the incident. She and her client, Ron, were ordered into Sheppard’s room. Leonard said she saw someone attacking Sheppard on the bedroom floor before they fled. Leonard is currently serving a prison sentence on drug charges. Leonard said she knew Cable through an acquaintance, but confirmed Cable had never been to her apartment prior to the incident.
Cable will be sentenced at a later date. Cable is currently incarcerated at the Miami County Jail on theft and drug-related charges from a separate, unrelated case.
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