A Hiram Township man was sentenced Friday to serve nine years in state prison for a home invasion-type burglary of an 87-year-old neighbor's residence in November 2012.
David A. Warner, 29, formerly of 11511 S.R. 88, pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, on Jan. 24. He admitted to breaking into Dorothy Bailey's home on S.R. 88 in Nelson on Nov. 13, 2012, and assaulting her, according to the Portage County Sheriff's Office.
On Friday, Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman ordered Warner to serve nine years in prison, Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci said. By law, he faced a minimum of three years or up to 11 years behind bars.
Warner went to Bailey's home at about 3 p.m. Nov. 13 and knocked on the door. He then forced his way inside, knocked her down, went into her purse, stole $10 from her wallet and fled, according to Vigluicci. The money went to buy drugs, according to the sheriff's office.
Bailey suffered a broken hip and a fractured orbital bone in her face, Vigluicci said.
"She was able to crawl to her phone and call for help," he said.
Bailey knew Warner because he had previously done some work at her home, according to the sheriff's office. He had tried to disguise himself with a mask during the burglary.
Warner's girlfriend, Cassie L. Brown, 24, was accused of helping him commit the burglary and stealing the money from Bailey.
She pleaded guilty to complicity to burglary, a second-degree felony, and complicity to theft from the elderly, a fifth-degree felony, on Feb. 20. Judge John Enlow sentenced her to two years in prison on the burglary charge and one year in prison on the theft charge, to run concurrent to each other.
Already a felon based on a conviction for selling cocaine in 2008, Brown remains in the Portage County jail pending a sentencing hearing at 1 p.m. Monday in Enlow's court on a charge of complicity to breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony. In that case, Brown, Warner and Kyle D. Carter, 22, with a last known address of 9800 Hemlock Lane, Nelson, were accused of a break-in at Warner's former residence on Sept. 22, 2012. A trial date for Warner and Cater in that case is scheduled for April 2 in Enlow's courtroom, according to court records.
Carter was, up until recently, being held in the Geauga County jail awaiting trial on 12 burglary charges filed by authorities in that county. According to Geauga County court records, he pleaded guilty in November 2012 to one count each of burglary and grand theft, both fourth-degree felonies, and was sentenced on Jan. 28 by Geauga County Common Pleas Judge David Fuhry to two years probation, 180 days in the Geauga County jail and to attend the Northeast Community Alternative Program in Warren for drug and behavioral treatment.
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