A Windham Township man already serving time for a series of burglaries in Geauga County last year will serve an additional two years in prison after pleading guilty to two burglaries he committed in Portage County last spring.
Dean A. Flynn, 30, pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of burglary, both second-degree felonies, according to Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci.
Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman immediately sentenced him to two years in prison, consecutive to a four-year, seven-month sentence Flynn is serving on felony convictions for crimes committed in Geauga County.
Viglulicci said DNA evidence helped Portage County sheriff's detectives link Flynn to two incidents: A May 5, 2012, burglary of a vacant, foreclosed house in the 3200 block of Cook Road in Rootstown and a burglary at another foreclosed property in the 12000 block of Alpha Road in Hiram Township in June 2012.
In the Cook Road incident, a broker showed up at the house to find that someone had broken in through the rear of the house and had stolen copper pipes directly out of the walls, ripping down a plaster ceiling in the basement to get at the valuable copper.
However, Flynn "left some blood behind when he was busting up the house," Vigluicci said, and detectives retrieved samples of his blood from near a screen door and off a concrete floor. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation tested the blood and the DNA profile matched Flynn, a convicted felon whose DNA was already in their database.
Flynn also left blood, and therefore DNA, on a bathroom mirror in the Alpha Road burglary, which Vigluicci said took place between June 11 and June 23, 2012. The target house, which was in foreclosure, had a first floor window screen removed to gain entry, and copper pipe was taken.
In that case, detectives also retrieved fingerprints and footprints, and BCI testing on the blood again returned a match to Flynn's DNA, Vigluicci said.
In the Geauga County cases, Flynn pleaded guilty to five fifth-degree felonies in December 2012 and was sentenced by Geauga County Common Pleas Judge David Fuhry to 55 months in prison. The charges stemmed from a 13-count indictment filed in August 2012 charging Flynn and Amanda L. Stepp, 28, with 12 burglaries and a felony theft in Geauga County, according to court records there.
The prison term handed down in Geauga County is running concurrent to a three-year prison term Flynn is serving for another burglary in Hiram Township in June 2012. He pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony in Portage County Common Pleas Judge John Enlow's courtroom in August 2012. In that case, Flynn and Stepp brought a 4-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl with them when they broke into a residence in the 11000 block of S.R. 700 in Hiram Township on June 19, 2012.
Stepp pleaded guilty in August to complicity to burglary, a second-degree felony, and was sentenced by Enlow to four years probation and ordered to receive drug treatment at the Northeast Ohio Community Alternative Program in Warren. The couple was ordered to pay $250 to their victim and $4,060 to the victim's insurance company.
Faced with the same charges as Flynn in the Geauga County cases, Stepp pleaded guilty to four counts of breaking and entering and one count of theft, all fifth-degree felonies, on Feb. 28. Sentencing in that case is on April 5 in Judge Forrest Burt's courtroom, according to Geauga County court records.
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