The ringleader of a series of burglaries spanning several counties was sentenced to two years in prison Thursday afternoon in Highland County Common Pleas Court – concurrent with a 47-year prison sentence he’s already serving.
Jeff Carlier, 52, Mt. Orab, is currently incarcerated for a host of theft-related crimes in Clermont and Brown County, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
Clinton County Common Pleas Court records show a lengthy indictment was filed against Carlier in March of last year for several counts of burglary, grand theft, petty theft, safecracking and criminal trespassing. That case is still pending.
As previously reported by The Times-Gazette, Carlier was indicted by a Highland County Grand Jury Dec. 6 on one count of second-degree felony burglary. Carlier pled guilty as charged.
Brown County Sheriff’s Det. Chad Noble has said previously that Carlier was burglarizing homes to feed his heroin addiction, according to various media reports.
The victim of the Highland County burglary was present in the courtroom Thursday, and asked judge Rocky Coss to order the maximum punishment, saying Carlier trashed her house, took several items and tried to harm her two cats – adding that one of them attacked Carlier during the course of the crime.
The victim reported neither of her cats were injured in the incident.
Coss ordered the two year prison sentence be served concurrent with Carlier’s current sentence, as opposed to consecutively.
“Adding more time to that [sentence] when you’ll most likely be dead doesn’t make much sense,” he said.
Other members of the burglary ring are currently serving prison time, including Sherry Carlier, Brian Crank and Jessica Crank, according to media reports.
Also on Thursday, Joshua Howard, 35, Hillsboro, was sentenced to one year in prison after violating community control sanctions. According to court records, Howard initially pled guilty last year to possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony, and was sentenced to community control and ordered to complete drug treatment at the STAR Community Justice Center. Coss said Howard did not successfully complete drug treatment and violated the terms of his supervision.
Kali Bartram, 19, also of Hillsboro, was sentenced to three years of community control and ordered to complete a drug treatment program after pleading guilty to aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.
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