Special court session held

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Charges of burglary and breaking and entering led a special session of Belmont County Common Pleas Court Thursday. Judge John M. Solovan II presided.

Lucas Taylor Kinkade, 20, Belmont, currently incarcerated, was sentenced on a count of burglary, a felony of the second degree, and safecracking, a felony of the fourth degree, occurring, Dec. 25, 2012. He was given a sentence of four years for the first count and 12 months for the second, to be served concurrently for a total of four years. He was given credit for 101 days.

Kinkade apologized for his actions, adding that he wishes for help in combating his drug addiction.

Solovan reviewed Kinkade’s history, noting an escalating pattern of trespassing into others’ homes, creating a risk to the residents. He pointed out the lasting psychological harm to the victim and the necessity of accountability.

“You folks don’t realize the seriousness of your actions when you enter someone’s home and they’re there,” he said.

Steven Michael Tracy, 19, 211 N. 7th St., Martins Ferry, pleaded guilty to three counts of third degree burglary, two counts of fourth degree burglary, and one count of fifth degree breaking and entering.

His co-defendant, Christopher William Goldsmith, 21, 412 North 8th St., Martins Ferry, pleaded guilty to identical charges. The incidents stem from a series of break-ins at area cabins and a trailer, some of which might have been occupied.

Sentencing was set for June 7. Victim impact statements, pre-sentence investigations, Eastern Ohio Correction Center evaluations and Crossroads evaluations were ordered. Each faces a maximum of 12 years.

Donovan James Shrieve, 27, 500 Front St., Bethesda, failed to complete the drug court and was given a sentence of 10 months with credit for time served. He was originally convicted of trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fifth degree occurring Jan. 6, 2009.

Christopher David Harding, 43, incarcerated, pleaded guilty to importuning, a felony of the fifth degree occurring Dec. 1, 2012. Sentencing was set for June 7. A pre-sentence investigation, victim impact statement, and EOCC evaluation were ordered. He faces a maximum sentence of one year and designation as a Tier 1 offender.

Gregory Barnes, 30, 201 Spring St., Flushing, pleaded guilty to one count of domestic violence, a felony of the third degree occurring Jan. 4, 2013. He has two prior convictions and is facing other pending charges in another court.

Sentencing was set for June 21. An EOCC evaluation, pre-sentencing investigation and victim impact statement were ordered. He faces a maximum sentence of 36 months.

Wayne Anthony Vincent, no age listed, 128 1/2 Broad St., St. Clairsville, saw the revocation of his bond after testing positive for drugs. He was originally charged with breaking and entering, a felony of the fifth degree occurring Nov. 4, 2012. His plea agreement deadline is May 24.

DeFrank can be reached at rdefrank@timesleaderonline.com.