Cuyahoga Falls man ordered into drug treatment for burglary conviction

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

A Cuyahoga Falls man who gave a Ravenna teen a lift to an East Spruce Avenue residence where the younger man committed a burglary in April 2012 has been sentenced to court-ordered drug treatment and five years probation.

Kenneth D. Park, 57, was sentenced by Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman, who also fined him $350 and court costs and ordered him not to have contact with the burglary victim, on Monday. He will serve up to 100 days in the Portage County jail before being transferred to the Northeast Ohio Community Alternative Program in Warren for treatment.

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Park pleaded guilty to burglary, a third-degree felony, in June. His attorney, Dennis Lager of the Portage County Public Defender's Office, said his client admitted to joining Marcus D. Coleman, 18, of 725 Freedom Street, on a trip to "obtain or transact in drugs" on April 15.

Park's "intention at the outset was just to provide transportation" to Coleman, who was an "acquaintance or friend," Lager said. However, Coleman entered the residence in the 100 block of East Spruce Avenue, where Lager said an assault and theft occurred before the duo fled.

Coleman later turned himself in after he found out Ravenna police were looking for him, Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci said. Both men were charged with aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, before the charges were pleaded down to a third-degree felony for Park and a second-degree felony for Coleman.

Park apologized for his actions, telling Pittman "I'm sorry about all this."

He asked Pittman only to waive a requirement in his sentencing ordering him to find a full-time job within nine months, saying he is a heart patient who retired after 38 years with the same company.

"I don't know who would hire me," he said. Pittman eliminated the requirement as a condition of Park's probation.

Now 19, Coleman was found guilty at trial that ended June 7 and was sentenced to two years in prison by Acting Judge Marvin Shapiro on July 29.

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

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