A former Hiram Township man faces three to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to burglarizing a Nelson woman's home last year, assaulting her and leaving the 87-year-old with a broken hip.
David A. Warner, 29, with a last known address of 11511 S.R. 88, recently pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, in Portage County Common Pleas Court. His sentencing hearing will be held at 9 a.m. March 1, in Judge Laurie Pittman's courtroom.
Portage County sheriff's detectives said Warner's heroin addiction led him to commit a daylight burglary at the home of Dorothy J. Bailey, 87, in the 11200 block of S.R. 88 on Nov. 13.
Lt. Greg Johnson said Bailey answered the door at about 3:30 p.m. and was knocked down by Warner, who was wearing a cloth over his face. He took cash from her purse and fled, Johnson said.
Bailey was hospitalized for a broken hip. She knew Warner, who had done work at her home, Johnson said.
Warner used the stolen money to buy heroin, according to Johnson.
Warner also faces a charge of complicity to breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony, for allegedly helping his girlfriend, Cassie L. Brown, 23, and Kyle D. Carter, 22, with a last known address of 9800 Hemlock Lane, Nelson, break into his former residence on Sept. 22, 2012. A trial in that case is scheduled for April 2 in Judge John Enlow's courtroom, according to court records.
Brown, a mother of two, remains in the Portage County jail on $100,000 cash bond awaiting trial on one count each of complicity to aggravated burglary and complicity to aggravated robbery, both first-degree felonies, complicity to felonious assault, a second-degree felony, and complicity to theft, a fifth-degree felony, for allegedly helping Warner commit the crime.
Indicted in October 2007 on two counts of complicity to trafficking in cocaine, both fifth-degree felonies, Brown pleaded guilty to one count of possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony, and was granted court-ordered drug treatment by Judge John Enlow in June 2008, according to court records. She violated the terms of Enlow's orders and in November 2008 was placed on three years probation, according to court records.
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