Ravenna man sentenced to 7 years in prison for burglary, knife assault incidents August 2012

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

A Rav-enna man who burglarized a Randolph residence and assaulted the mother of his children with a knife on the same day August 2012 has been ordered to serve seven years in prison.

Kody M. Osco, 35, was sentenced by Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman to seven years in prison on each of two convictions for burglary and felonious assault, both second-degree felonies, with the sentences to run concurrent to each other.

Osco pleaded guilty to the charges on Jan. 18. He later tried to withdraw the guilty plea, but his attorney withdrew that motion on Monday and Osco was sentenced, according to Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci.

Osco was identified by Portage County sheriff's detectives as the suspect in an Aug. 21, 2012, burglary in the 4900 block of Wilkes Road in Randolph after leaving his DNA on a grape soda pop can inside the residence, Vigluicci said. The homeowner told detectives the unopened can had been inside the refrigerator prior to the burglary.

Osco pried open a sliding door on the residence, ransacked several rooms and stole a safe, Vigluicci said. A witness saw a man matching Osco's description running through a nearby backyard carrying a black box that looked like a safe, he said.

Lab tests on the grape soda pop can by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation found Osco's DNA on the can, which he had crushed and left on the floor of the victim's house, Vigluicci said.

While sheriff's detectives investigated the burglary on Aug. 21, Ravenna police responded to a 911 on South Meridian Street from a woman who reported that Osco, the father of her children, was threatening her with an 8-inch folding knife, Vigluicci said. Upon his arrest, Osco appeared to be under the influence of drugs, admitted to taking "some speed," and tried to kick the windows out of a Ravenna police cruiser, he said.

Ravenna police also charged Osco with possession of two stolen ATVs and with escape for trying to break the cruiser's windows. Those charges were dropped by the prosecutor's office at the time of Osco's plea.

Osco was arrested and charged with inducing panic after climbing the 120-year-old flagpole in front of the Portage County Courthouse in downtown Ravenna on June 5, 2011.

Ravenna firefighters and police officers managed to get him to come down without incident. Ravenna police said Osco was under the influence of "bath salts," a synthetic hallucinogenic drug, at the time.

In that case, Osco pleaded guilty to misdemeanor inducing panic and was sentenced by Portage County Municipal Judge Barbara Oswick to 27 days in the Portage County jail, ordered to pay more than $1,000 in restitution to the city of Ravenna to coverthe cost of responding to the incident and ordered to get substance abuse and mental health treatment, records show.

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

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