MIAMI COUNTY — A local man was sentenced to serve time in prison for breaking into Rudy’s, Inc. in Covington and stealing a shotgun.
Robert L. Creager, 74, of Piqua, received a sentence of 12 months in prison for the first count of his indictment, third-degree felony breaking and entering, and 18 months for the second count of his indictment, third-degree felony grand theft, Tuesday in Miami County Common Pleas Court. Those sentences will run concurrently with one another, as well as concurrently with a sentence of three years in prison that Creager is serving in Butler County.
Creager was originally scheduled to be sentenced in September, but he asked the court to move up the date of the sentencing hearing due to the sentencing he faced in Butler County. As a result, the court was not able to finish a formal pre-sentence investigation. Creager’s sentence, however, was part of a plea agreement with the state.
At his last hearing Creager claimed that he did not remember entering a plea of no contest to the crime. Judge Christopher Gee ordered a copy of the recording of that plea hearing be provided to Creager. On Tuesday, Gee asked Creager if he had an opportunity to listen to the recording, which Creager stated he did.
Prior to being sentenced, Creager asked the court to honor the plea agreement, telling Gee, “I leave it in your hands.”
Gee went over Creager’s criminal history, which includes approximately seven prison sentences. After which, Creager said, “It’s nothing to be proud of, Your Honor. My life’s been pretty screwed up.”
“No one’s going to argue with you on that,” Gee said in response.
Creager was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of approximately $696 for the stolen shotgun and approximately $428 to Rudy’s, Inc. for the door that was broken during the incident last October. Creager had 187 days of jail credit.
In other news:
Jesse L. Rogers, 37, currently serving time in the Noble Correctional Institution in Caldwell, was sentenced to serve a total of 24 months in prison for third-degree felony grand theft, fourth-degree felony theft, and first-degree misdemeanor theft.
Rogers waived a pre-sentence investigation after pleading guilty Tuesday morning in Miami County Common Pleas Court and prior to being sentenced.
“I’m not the same person I was then,” Rogers said. Rogers became emotional during his hearing when discussing how he had “done a lot of wrong” in his life, but was working to become a better person. “I’ve been working actively inside the institution to better myself.”
Rogers will also have to pay $1,800 in restitution. He had no jail credit.
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