DNA on pop can helps nab Randolph burglar

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

Thirst proved to be the downfall of a Ravenna man who now faces up to eight years in prison for burglarizing a Randolph residence in August 2012.

Kody M. Osco, 35, with a last known address of 420 S. Meridian St., also faces up to eight more years in prison after pleading guilty to assaulting the mother of his children with a knife while apparently high on drugs later the same day, according to the Portage County Prosecutor's Office.

Osco pleaded guilty in Portage County Common Pleas Court last week to one count each of felonious assault and burglary, both second-degree felonies carrying a potential sentence of two to eight years in prison each. Sentencing before Judge Laurie Pittman is pending a pre-sentence investigation.

Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci said Osco entered a house in the 4900 block of Wilkes Road on Aug. 21, by prying open a sliding door and "ransacking" several rooms. A witness saw a man dressed in black running through a nearby backyard carrying a black box that looked like a safe, Vigluicci said. The homeowner reported a safe missing from a closet.

Among the evidence recovered by Portage County sheriff's detectives was a grape soda can that had been in the refrigerator the burglar "had apparently opened and drank from," that was found crushed on the floor of the house, he said. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation retrieved Osco's DNA from the can, Vigluicci said.

Later the same day, and before the DNA results pointed to Osco as a suspect in the burglary, Ravenna police responded to a 911 call from a South Meridian Street woman who reported that Osco, the father of her children, was threatening her with an 8-inch folding knife. He refused to listen to officers, was shaking and admitted to taking "some speed."

While in custody, Osco also attempted to kick the windows out of a Ravenna police cruiser, he said.

Ravenna officers also found two stolen ATVs in Osco's possession, leading to felony receiving stolen property charges. Those, along with felony escape charges for trying to break out of the Ravenna cruiser, were dismissed by the prosecutor's office at the time of Osco's plea deal, according to court records.

Follow Dave O'Brien on Twitter at @RCCrimeWatch

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1128 or dobrien@recordpub.com

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