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Local Man Gets 12-Month Prison Sentence

Johnathon Gaines, 29, Archbold, was given a 12- month prison sentence in Fulton County Common Pleas Court, Monday, May 6, after being convicted of receiving stolen property.

The conviction had its origins during the early-morning hours of Sept. 18, 2012 when Archbold police responded to a report of a fight at the East Garden Apartments complex.

When police arrived, they were told one of the fight participants would be leaving on a motorcycle.

When officers searched the lot, they found a Yamaha motorcycle.

A check of the license plate on the Yamaha showed it belonged to a Harley-Davidson motorcyle.

The vehicle identification number indicated the cycle was stolen from Toledo.

The police report on the case states the motorcycle’s ignition key switch was removed, and toggle switches were wired in its place.

It also appeared a device to lock the cycle’s front fork had been broken.

Interviews conducted by Archbold police say the motorcycle had been repainted with spray cans, changing the original colors.

The Fulton County Grand Jury returned an indictment Oct. 15, 2012, charging Gaines with a single count of receiving stolen property.

Gaines was found guilty in a jury trial on Wednesday, April 10.

The trial lasted two days; the jury voted to convict Gaines after 30 minutes of deliberation.

Gaines was also ordered to pay $500 in restitution.

A second man also was sentenced on May 6:

Joseph Garza, 25, Swanton; previously pled guilty to one count, attempted burglary; between Nov. 29-Dec. 4, 2012, attempted to trespass into a Swanton home with the purpose to commit a criminal offense; sentenced to 16 months in prison, ordered to make restitution.

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