Two men accused of a series of burglaries in Fulton County entered guilty pleas and have been sentenced in Fulton County Common Pleas Court.
They are Richard M. Schoch, 46, Holland, and Corey L. Richardson, 41, Toledo.
A Fulton County sheriff deputy spotted a vehicle suspected of being involved in an Amboy Township burglary on Sept. 8, 2016. When the deputy attempted a traffic stop, the vehicle fled.
It ran into a cornfield where two occupants, identified as Richardson and Schoch, abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.
Richardson was captured soon after he fled the car. Schoch escaped, then later turned himself in.
Schoch was indicted on Sept. 19, 2016, on eight counts of burglary, seven counts of theft, three counts of grand theft, two counts each of breaking and entering and having a weapon while under disability, and one count each of aggravated burglary, safecracking and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, for a total of 25 counts.
Richardson was indicted the same day on eight counts of burglary, seven counts of theft, three counts of grand theft, two counts each of breaking and entering and having a weapon while under disability, and one count each of safecracking, breaking and entering, and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
Richardson was indicted on a total of 22 counts.
In a press release, Scott Haselman, Fulton County prosecuting attorney, said Schoch entered guilty pleas to nine counts of burglary on Tuesday, April 11.
“On or about Sept. 6, 2016, and Sept. 8, 2016, Mr. Schoch trespassed in several occupied structures in Fulton County with purpose to commit a criminal offense,” Haselman said.
Schoch was sentenced to 10 years prison and ordered to pay court-appointed counsel fees and prosecution costs.
Records available from the Fulton County Clerk of Courts over the Internet indicate Richardson entered guilty pleas to seven burglary charges.
A sentence of 60 months (five years) in prison was entered into court records on April 21.
Paperwork to transfer both men to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections was filed in court records on Wednesday, April 26.